eliminate

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
eliminative adjective
eliminator noun

Example Sentences

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 Using these dryer balls also helps eliminate waste since they can be used in place of fabric softener. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2022 This means lawmakers could conceivably vote to eliminate a constitutional right to environmental protection, as Vox’s Rebecca Leber notes. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 Easy to use and set up, LARQ uses UV-C LED technology to eliminate 99.9999% of bio-contaminates, bacteria, and viruses. Jaimie Potters, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 In the midterm elections, some Democrats campaigned on the premise that Republicans would try to eliminate such federal entitlement programs. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2022 Once known as NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, Reproductive Equity Now was reconstituted last year after NARAL Pro-Choice America decided to eliminate support for affiliates in 11 states. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 Amazon plans to eliminate approximately 10,000 corporate and technology jobs starting as soon as this week, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be the largest job cuts in the company's history. Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2022 This would represent a factor of ten thousand, which might be enough to eliminate visible contrails. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 15 Nov. 2022 In an earlier statement, the company said its software helps eliminate the risk of collusion that could occur with manual pricing involving phone surveys of competitor prices. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of eliminate was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Eliminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eliminate. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

eliminate

verb

elim·​i·​nate i-ˈlim-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio)
eliminated; eliminating
1
a
: to get rid of : remove
b
: to remove from further competition by defeating
2
: to expel from the living body
eliminative adjective
eliminator noun

Medical Definition

eliminate

transitive verb

elim·​i·​nate -ˌnāt How to pronounce eliminate (audio)
eliminated; eliminating
: to expel (as waste) from the living body

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