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

  • transitive v. To move from a place or position occupied: removed the cups from the table.
  • transitive v. To transfer or convey from one place to another: removed the family to Texas.
  • transitive v. To take off: removed my boots.
  • transitive v. To take away; withdraw: removed the candidate's name from consideration.
  • transitive v. To do away with; eliminate: remove a stain.
  • transitive v. To dismiss from an office or position.
  • intransitive v. To change one's place of residence or business; move: "In 1751, I removed from the country to the town” ( David Hume).
  • intransitive v. To go away; depart.
  • intransitive v. To be removable: paint that removes with water.
  • n. The act of removing; removal.
  • n. Distance or degree of separation or remoteness: "to spill, though at a safe remove, the blood of brave men” ( Anthony Burgess).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move something from one place to another, especially to take away.
  • v. To murder someone.
  • v. ,(transitive) To dismiss a batsman.
  • v. To discard, set aside (a thought, feeling etc.).
  • v. To depart, leave.
  • v. To change one's residence.
  • n. The act of removing something, especially removing a dish at a meal in order to replace it with the next course
  • n. A dish thus replaced, or the replacement
  • n. (at some public schools) A division of the school, especially the form prior to last
  • n. A step or gradation (as in the phrase "at one remove")
  • n. Distance in time or space

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of removing; a removal.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The state of being removed.
  • n. That which is removed, as a dish removed from table to make room for something else.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The act of resetting a horse's shoe.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To move away from the position occupied; to cause to change place; to displace.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To dismiss or discharge from office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move from a position occupied; cause to change place; transfer from one point to another; put from its place in any manner.
  • To displace from an office, post, or situation.
  • To take or put away in any manner; take away by causing to cease; cause to leave or depart; put an end to; do away with; banish.
  • To make away with; cut off; take away by death: as, to remove a person by poison.
  • In law, to transfer from one court to another.
  • Synonyms To dislodge, transfer.
  • To dismiss, eject, oust.
  • To abate, suppress.
  • To change place in any manner; move from one place to another; change the place of residence: as, to remove from Edinburgh to London.
  • n. The act of removing, or the state of being removed; removal; change of place.
  • n. The distance or space through which anything is removed; interval; stage; step; especially, a step in any scale of gradation or descent.
  • n. In English public schools:
  • n. Promotion from one class or division to another.
  • n. Hence— A class or division.
  • n. A posting-stage; the distance between two resting-places on a road.
  • n. The raising of a siege.
  • n. The act of changing a horse's shoe from one foot to another, or for a new one.
  • n. A dish removed from table to make room for something else; also, a course.

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

  • v. kill intentionally and with premeditation
  • v. get rid of something abstract
  • v. cause to leave
  • v. shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes
  • v. remove from a position or an office
  • n. degree of figurative distance or separation
  • v. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  • v. dispose of
  • v. go away or leave


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

Middle English removen, from Old French remouvoir, from Latin removēre : re-, re- + movēre, to move; see move.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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  • "Removes: Meat, Game, and Poultry. These are dishes which remove the fish and soup, served upon large dishes, and placed at the top and bottom of the table; great care should be evinced in cooking them, as they are the "pièce de résistance" of the dinner."

    —Alexis Soyer, The Modern Housewife, 1857, quoted in Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 236

    May 4, 2010