What does eliminate mean?

Definitions for eliminateɪˈlɪm əˌneɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word eliminate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. extinguish, eliminate, get rid of, do away with(verb)

    terminate, end, or take out

    "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"

  2. obviate, rid of, eliminate(verb)

    do away with

  3. eliminate, annihilate, extinguish, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off(verb)

    kill in large numbers

    "the plague wiped out an entire population"

  4. rule out, eliminate, winnow out, reject(verb)

    dismiss from consideration or a contest

    "John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi"; "This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration"

  5. excrete, egest, eliminate, pass(verb)

    eliminate from the body

    "Pass a kidney stone"

  6. eliminate(verb)

    remove from a contest or race

    "The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race"

  7. eliminate(verb)

    remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations


  1. eliminate(Verb)

    To kill (a person or animal).

  2. eliminate(Verb)

    To excrete (waste products).

  3. eliminate(Verb)

    To exclude (from investigation or from further competition).

  4. eliminate(Verb)

    To record amounts in a consolidation statement to remove the effects of inter-company transactions.

  5. Origin: From eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, from e + limen, akin to limes; see limit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eliminate(verb)

    to put out of doors; to expel; to discharge; to release; to set at liberty

  2. Eliminate(verb)

    to cause to disappear from an equation; as, to eliminate an unknown quantity

  3. Eliminate(verb)

    to set aside as unimportant in a process of inductive inquiry; to leave out of consideration

  4. Eliminate(verb)

    to obtain by separating, as from foreign matters; to deduce; as, to eliminate an idea or a conclusion

  5. Eliminate(verb)

    to separate; to expel from the system; to excrete; as, the kidneys eliminate urea, the lungs carbonic acid; to eliminate poison from the system

  6. Origin: [L. eliminatus, p. p. of eliminare; e out + limen threshold; prob. akin to limes boundary. See Limit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eliminate

    ē-lim′in-āt, v.t. to thrust out: to remove, cancel: to leave out of consideration.—adj. Elim′inable.—n. Eliminā′tion. [L. eliminăre, -ātume, out, limen, liminis, a threshold.]

Editors Contribution

  1. eliminate

    To pass feces or urine from the body.

    Eliminate is sometimes used to describe feces or urine being passed from the body.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'eliminate' in Verbs Frequency: #641


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eliminate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eliminate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Barbara Bloom:

    You have to choose where you look, and in making that choice you eliminate entire worlds.

  2. Edward R. Murrow:

    Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

  3. Sigmund Freud:

    A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.

  4. C. Wright Mills:

    The aim of the college, for the individual student, is to eliminate the need in his life for the college the task is to help him become a self-educating man.

  5. Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco:

    We had to eliminate more than half of our healthcare organisation because we discovered that they were happily scamming our customers, scamming against us and scamming against the government.

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