elim·​i·​nate | \ i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Definition of eliminate

transitive verb

1a : to put an end to or get rid of : remove eliminate errors
b : to remove from consideration eliminate someone as a suspect
c : to remove from further competition by defeating the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs
2 : to expel (waste) from the living body
3 mathematics : to cause to disappear by combining two or more equations eliminate an unknown quantity

intransitive verb

: to expel waste from the living body

Other Words from eliminate

eliminative \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \ adjective
eliminator \ i-​ˈli-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of eliminate in a Sentence

Doctors seek to eliminate the causes of the epidemic. The body naturally eliminates waste products. The company plans to eliminate more than 2,000 jobs in the coming year. She's trying to eliminate fatty foods from her diet.
Recent Examples on the Web By using a patient’s own cells, Aspen believes in can eliminate the need for immune-suppressive therapy. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 Webb said his top priorities would include working with the governor to give more options to parents for educating their children, continuing to streamline the state government, and aiming to eliminate the state's individual income tax. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 The end result is overly prescriptive training that doesn’t eliminate discrimination and exclusion. Mohammad Anwar, Forbes, 5 May 2022 For a report released last October, Larson and a team of 17 other researchers spent two years examining how the nation can eliminate or offset its emissions by mid-century. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2022 The congressmen contend that closing the Savannah training center would eliminate roughly 100 military and civilian jobs. Russ Bynum, ajc, 4 May 2022 Republicans in the state legislature have introduced a bill to eliminate the state income tax. cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 Proposals to eliminate the income tax have generally been paired with raising the state’s 5.5% sales tax. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2022 At least three bills were proposed to eliminate the grocery tax this year, including two by Republican lawmakers that would have offset the loss in revenue by capping a deduction for federal taxes that reduces state income tax payments. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of eliminate

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for eliminate

Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, from e- + limin-, limen threshold

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14 May 2022

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“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for eliminate


elim·​i·​nate | \ i-ˈli-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Kids Definition of eliminate

: to get rid of : do away with


transitive verb
elim·​i·​nate | \ -ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio) \
eliminated; eliminating

Medical Definition of eliminate

: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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