What does eliminate mean?

Definitions for eliminate
ɪˈlɪm əˌneɪtelim·i·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extinguish, eliminate, get rid of, do away withverb

    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, eliminateverb

    do away with

  3. eliminate, annihilate, extinguish, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry offverb

    kill in large numbers

    "the plague wiped out an entire population"

  4. rule out, eliminate, winnow out, rejectverb

    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, passverb

    eliminate from the body

    "Pass a kidney stone"

  6. eliminateverb

    remove from a contest or race

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

  7. eliminateverb

    remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations


  1. eliminateverb

    To kill (a person or animal).

  2. eliminateverb

    To excrete (waste products).

  3. eliminateverb

    To exclude (from investigation or from further competition).

  4. eliminateverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eliminateverb

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

  2. Eliminateverb

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

  3. Eliminateverb

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

  4. Eliminateverb

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

  5. Eliminateverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

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

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  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

Examples of eliminate in a Sentence

  1. Recep Tayyip Erdo?an:

    We completed our military preparations. We are determined to take steps on The YPG. We will soon move to eliminate terror groups in Syria.

  2. Adam Shapiro:

    Development banks and their member states can't hope to achieve sustainable development or eliminate poverty if their investments are contributing to human rights violations or if those who are meant to benefit from development find themselves subjected to abuse.

  3. Clarisa Jimenez:

    Among these are urging the use of repellents and vigilance of spaces prone to accumulate water in order to eliminate them and avoid the breeding of the mosquito.

  4. H.W. Mann:

    Right living is the best way to eliminate suffering

  5. Meng Jianzhu:

    Deepen de-radicalization work, strengthen management of religion in accordance with the law, have targeted propaganda and persuasive education to eliminate the atmosphere for radical religion.

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