Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To get rid of; remove.
  • transitive verb To leave out or omit from consideration; reject.
  • transitive verb To remove from consideration by defeating, as in a contest.
  • transitive verb Mathematics To remove (an unknown quantity) by combining equations.
  • transitive verb Physiology To excrete (bodily wastes).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To go beyond the limit or limits of.
  • To thrust out; remove, throw aside, or disregard as injurious, superfluous, irrelevant, or for any reason undesirable or unnecessary; expel; get rid of.
  • In mathematics, to remove (a quantity) from a system of equations by the reduction of the number of equations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To put out of doors; to expel; to discharge; to release; to set at liberty.
  • transitive verb (Alg.) To cause to disappear from an equation.
  • transitive verb To set aside as unimportant in a process of inductive inquiry; to leave out of consideration.
  • transitive verb Recent, and not well authorized To obtain by separating, as from foreign matters; to deduce.
  • transitive verb (Physiol.) To separate; to expel from the system; to excrete

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To completely destroy (something) so that it no longer exists.
  • verb slang To kill (a person or animal).
  • verb physiology To excrete (waste products).
  • verb To exclude (from investigation or from further competition).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations
  • verb do away with
  • verb terminate, end, or take out
  • verb kill in large numbers
  • verb dismiss from consideration or a contest
  • verb eliminate from the body
  • verb remove from a contest or race

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin ēlīmināre, ēlīmināt-, to banish : ē-, ex-, ex- + līmen, līmin-, threshold.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare ("to turn out of doors, banish"), from e ("out") + limen ("a threshold"), akin to limes ("a boundary"); see limit.

Examples

  • We collectively are making the virtual elimination of these new infections in children an achievable goal, deliberately using the word "eliminate" -- not just "prevent."

    Anu Gupta: A World Where No Child Is Born With HIV

  • We collectively are making the virtual elimination of these new infections in children an achievable goal, deliberately using the word "eliminate" -- not just "prevent."

    Anu Gupta: A World Where No Child Is Born With HIV

  • We collectively are making the virtual elimination of these new infections in children an achievable goal, deliberately using the word "eliminate" -- not just "prevent."

    Anu Gupta: A World Where No Child Is Born With HIV

  • We collectively are making the virtual elimination of these new infections in children an achievable goal, deliberately using the word "eliminate" -- not just "prevent."

    Anu Gupta: A World Where No Child Is Born With HIV

  • We collectively are making the virtual elimination of these new infections in children an achievable goal, deliberately using the word "eliminate" -- not just "prevent."

    Anu Gupta: A World Where No Child Is Born With HIV

  • We collectively are making the virtual elimination of these new infections in children an achievable goal, deliberately using the word "eliminate" -- not just "prevent."

    Anu Gupta: A World Where No Child Is Born With HIV

  • If the word eliminate only makes you want them more, then make a pact with yourself to systematically cut back until you have only the occasional soda or other sugary drink as part of a planned treat.

    The Life You Want

  • If the word eliminate only makes you want them more, then make a pact with yourself to systematically cut back until you have only the occasional soda or other sugary drink as part of a planned treat.

    The Life You Want

  • If the word eliminate only makes you want them more, then make a pact with yourself to systematically cut back until you have only the occasional soda or other sugary drink as part of a planned treat.

    The Life You Want

  • As far as I'm concerned, the right thing to eliminate is Nancy Pelosi, at least from her seat in Congress.

    Pelosi: Health care surtax could be lowered, not eliminated

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