What does remove mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. removeverb

    degree of figurative distance or separation

    "just one remove from madness" or "it imitates at many removes a Shakespearean tragedy";

  2. remove, take, take away, withdrawverb

    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

    "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

  3. removeverb

    remove from a position or an office

  4. get rid of, removeverb

    dispose of

    "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood"

  5. take out, move out, removeverb

    cause to leave

    "The teacher took the children out of the classroom"

  6. remove, transferverb

    shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes

    "He removed his children to the countryside"; "Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city"; "remove a case to another court"

  7. absent, removeverb

    go away or leave

    "He absented himself"

  8. murder, slay, hit, dispatch, bump off, off, polish off, removeverb

    kill intentionally and with premeditation

    "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"

  9. remove, take awayverb

    get rid of something abstract

    "The death of her mother removed the last obstacle to their marriage"; "God takes away your sins"


  1. removenoun

    The act of removing something, especially removing a dish at a meal in order to replace it with the next course

  2. removenoun

    A dish thus replaced, or the replacement

  3. removenoun

    (at some public schools) A division of the school, especially the form prior to last

  4. removenoun

    A step or gradation (as in the phrase "at one remove")

  5. removenoun

    Distance in time or space

  6. removeverb

    To move something from one place to another, especially to take away.

    He removed the marbles from the bag.

  7. removeverb

    To murder someone.

  8. removeverb

    To discard, set aside (a thought, feeling etc.).

  9. removeverb

    To change one's residence.

  10. removeverb

    To move something from one place to another, especially to take away. To replace a dish within a course.

    He removed the marbles from the bag.

  11. removeverb

    To murder.

  12. removeverb

    To dismiss a batsman.

  13. removeverb

    To discard, set aside, especially something abstract.

    Eternall thraldom was to her more liefe, / Then loſſe of chaſtitie, or chaunge of loue : / Dye had ſhe rather in tormenting griefe, / Then any ſhould of falſeneſſe her reproue, / Or looſeneſſe, that ſhe lightly did remoue.

  14. removeverb

    To depart, leave.

    THenne the kynge dyd doo calle syre Gawayne / syre Borce / syr Lyonel and syre Bedewere / and commaunded them to goo strayte to syre Lucius / and saye ye to hym that hastely he remeue oute of my land / And yf he wil not / bydde hym make hym redy to bataylle and not distresse the poure peple

  15. removeverb

    To change one's residence; to move.

    Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane.

  16. removeverb

    To dismiss or discharge from office.

    The President removed many postmasters.

  17. Etymology: From Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-Norman remover, removeir, from Old French remouvoir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre ("to move")

Webster Dictionary

  1. Removeverb

    to move away from the position occupied; to cause to change place; to displace; as, to remove a building

  2. Removeverb

    to cause to leave a person or thing; to cause to cease to be; to take away; hence, to banish; to destroy; to put an end to; to kill; as, to remove a disease

  3. Removeverb

    to dismiss or discharge from office; as, the President removed many postmasters

  4. Removeverb

    to change place in any manner, or to make a change in place; to move or go from one residence, position, or place to another

  5. Removenoun

    the act of removing; a removal

  6. Removenoun

    the transfer of one's business, or of one's domestic belongings, from one location or dwelling house to another; -- in the United States usually called a move

  7. Removenoun

    the state of being removed

  8. Removenoun

    that which is removed, as a dish removed from table to make room for something else

  9. Removenoun

    the distance or space through which anything is removed; interval; distance; stage; hence, a step or degree in any scale of gradation; specifically, a division in an English public school; as, the boy went up two removes last year

  10. Removenoun

    the act of resetting a horse's shoe

  11. Etymology: [OF. removoir, remouvoir, L. removere, remotum; pref. re- re- + movere to move. See Move.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Remove

    rē-mōōv′, v.t. to put from its place: to take away: to withdraw: to displace: to make away with.—v.i. to go from one place to another.—n. any indefinite distance: a step in any scale of gradation, as promotion from one class to another, also a class or division: a dish to be changed while the rest remain: (Shak.) the raising of a siege, a posting-stage.—n. Removabil′ity.—adj. Remo′vable, that may be removed.—adv. Remo′vably.—n. Remo′val, the act of taking away: displacing: change of place: a euphemism for murder.—adj. Removed′ (Shak.), remote: distant by degrees of relationship.—ns. Remo′vedness (Shak.), the state of being removed: remoteness; Remo′ver, one who removes: (Bacon) an agitator.—Removal terms (Scot.), Whitsunday and Martinmas. [O. Fr.,—L. removēre, remōtumre-, away, movēre, to move.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'remove' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2587

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'remove' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3715

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'remove' in Verbs Frequency: #196

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of remove in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of remove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of remove in a Sentence

  1. Romain Grosjean:

    It's a disaster, i don't know what we are going to do. We tried to put tape on the side of the chassis but once you've taped one, where does the next one go ? I remove four to five in a race.

  2. Donald Trump:

    What I'm asking Congress to do is to give us a third option, which we have been requesting since last year, the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit. We have to be able to do this. This is the only solution to the border crisis.

  3. The Secretary of State:

    The Secretary of State has attempted to remove me from the ballot in this year's governor's race. This is a decision grounded in politics, not precedent. The law is clearly on our side. Our campaign will challenge this decision in court, and we will win.

  4. John Hagee:

    I am tired of these baseless attacks and fear that they have become a distraction in what should be a national debate about important issues, i have therefore decided to withdraw my endorsement of Sen. McCain for president effective today, and to remove John Hagee from any active role in the 2008 campaign.

  5. Chief Executive Fabio Schvartsman:

    We decided the company should, once and for all, do what it takes to remove any doubt about the safety of Vale's dams.

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