re·​moved | \ ri-ˈmüvd How to pronounce removed (audio) \

Definition of removed

1a : distant in degree of relationship
b : of a younger or older generation a second cousin's child is a second cousin once removed
2 : separate or remote in space, time, or character

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Examples of removed in a Sentence

We're looking for an apartment somewhat removed from the noise of downtown. The child of your first cousin is your first cousin once removed.
Recent Examples on the Web Thoreau’s spot at Walden Pond, just 25 minutes’ walk from his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, was still wild enough in the 1840s to feel removed from the commotion of everyday life. Jordan Salama, Scientific American, 12 Oct. 2021 But viewers might envision another place, just a bit less removed from life today: the 17th-century Netherlands of Vermeer and especially Rembrandt. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 The 345-room hotel sits on 15 acres of private park, a few miles from the city center — another vote from our readers for hotels that are a bit removed from the hustle and bustle. Devorah Lev-tov, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 The more removed providers are from Texas’ legal system, Diaz-Tello explained, the less likely a lawsuit or criminal prosecution would be successful. Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 Investigators have no more missing person cases to pursue from the collapse, but will continue to search removed debris for remains. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2021 The objects read as relics of a time both recent and removed. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2021 In one community after another, removed monuments reside for now in statuary purgatory. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2021 The level of acculturation often depends on how far removed someone is from their family’s country of origin, so immigrants who have recently arrived from Venezuela will have a much lower level of acculturation than third-generation Cuban-Americans. Isabel Rafferty, Forbes, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of removed

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of removed was circa 1548

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14 Oct 2021

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“Removed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of removed

: away from something : distant
: of a younger or older generation

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