remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front
b : to transfer (a legal proceeding) from one court to another
2 : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off remove your hat
3 : to dismiss from office
4 : to get rid of : eliminate remove a tumor surgically

intransitive verb

1 : to change location, station, or residence removing from the city to the suburbs
2 : to go away
3 : to be capable of being removed

remove

noun

Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : removal specifically : move sense 2c
2a : a distance or interval separating one person or thing from another
b : a degree or stage of separation

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Other Words from remove

Verb

removability \ ri-​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removable or less commonly removeable \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adjective
removableness \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removably \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adverb
remover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remove

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of remove in a Sentence

Verb Remove the trash from the front yard. My tonsils were removed when I was five years old. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These new findings should remove any doubt about his innocence. What's a good way to remove stains from a silk dress? The new law would remove obstacles to obtaining a work permit. He was removed from office. Noun She thrives when she's at some remove from mainstream society. their farm is just a remove of two miles from the town center
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The need to shrink District 1 is helping to propel the campaign to remove UCSD, University City and Carmel Valley, which are now included in that district with La Jolla. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 From October 11, England is set to remove 47 countries from its red list, leaving only seven red destinations: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 This could remove some overhang over Apple’s stock and services business. Trefis Team, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 When sauce is done, remove from heat, then discard bay leaves and thyme stems. Curtis Stone, Good Housekeeping, 8 Oct. 2021 In fact, the ordinance on Zone 9 will remove any preservation oversight of Brown, which is the largest landholder and the most aggressive developer in that new zone. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 In some cases, Apple will remove the app from its store. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 Regulation can remove that burden by transferring this oversight to government agencies. Scott Nover, Quartz, 5 Oct. 2021 This procedure uses extreme cold to freeze and remove unwanted tissue, per the Cleveland Clinic. Sarah Fielding, Health.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other members of the royal family are present, but often at a remove. Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 One is boundary maintenance, or practices and policies that keep Black people at a remove. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 For Walker, the best strategy at the moment -- and likely for the entirety of the campaign -- is to be at a remove from voters. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 The question is really two questions: one about the victims of future catastrophes and the other about the observers who will watch those catastrophes play out from a safe remove. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 22 Aug. 2021 Fences were rare in town, but this house was surrounded by a high, cedar enclosure that imposed a distinct sense of remove. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2021 With the usual glitz at a refreshing remove, designer Philippe Starck focused on the coastline, creating spaces that recall breezy California villas and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, 13 Aug. 2021 Since the president is essentially the collector of his own taxes, albeit at some remove, public release of a president’s personal tax returns can help resolve nagging doubts about the fairness of that arrangement. Joseph Thorndike, Forbes, 3 June 2021 With the usual glitz at a refreshing remove, designer Philippe Starck focused on the coastline, creating spaces that recall breezy California villas and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of remove

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remove

Verb

Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-French remuver, removeir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move

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The first known use of remove was in the 14th century

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“Remove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remove. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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remove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or take (something) away from a place
: to cause (something) to no longer exist
: to force (someone) to leave a job : to dismiss (someone) from a job

remove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a distance separating one person or thing from another

remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Kids Definition of remove

1 : to move by lifting or taking off or away Please remove your hat. I had my tonsils removed.
2 : to get rid of Bleach will remove the stain.
3 : to dismiss from a job or office

remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Legal Definition of remove

transitive verb

: to change the location, position, station, status, or residence of: as
a : to have (an action) transferred from one court to another and especially from a state court to a federal court — see also separable controversy

Note: Section 1441 et seq. of title 28 of the U.S. Code allows a defendant who is brought into a state court to remove the action to federal district court when diversity of citizenship exists, when the action involves a claim or right arising under the U.S. Constitution or under laws or treaties of the U.S., or when the defendant is a foreign country or its agency or instrumentality. Civil actions and criminal prosecutions brought against an officer or agency of the U.S. for any act under color of office may also be removed.

b : to dismiss from office an independent counsel…may be removed from office…only by the personal action of the Attorney GeneralU.S. Code
c : to take away should his incapacity be removed by a judgment of a courtLouisiana Civil Code

Other Words from remove

removability \ -​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removable also removeable \ -​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adjective
removableness noun

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