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[dih-leet] /dɪˈlit/
verb (used with object), deleted, deleting.
to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge.
Origin of delete
1485-95; < Latin dēlētus (past participle of dēlēre to destroy), equivalent to dēl- destroy + -ē- thematic vowel + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
deletable, adjective
redelete, verb (used with object), redeleted, redeleting.
undeleted, adjective
eradicate. See cancel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deleted
  • He deleted the silent u in mould, but left it in court.
  • The picture in question was posted and deleted almost immediately.
  • We've come a long way since the days when expletives had to be deleted.
  • After the contest all participants' email addresses will be deleted from our system.
  • After the contest all participants' e-mails will be deleted from our system.
  • Across all ten cities, the birds deleted the lower-pitched parts of their songs.
  • My posting on this forum was deleted by the moderator.
  • The photos can be quickly deleted, copied, or renamed as needed.
  • Having deleted bears from the morning's plans, our guide was forced to focus on nature's tamer delights.
  • My original posting in their forum was deleted by the moderator.
British Dictionary definitions for deleted


(transitive) to remove (something printed or written); erase; cancel; strike out
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēlēre to destroy, obliterate
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Word Origin and History for deleted



late 15c., "destroy, eradicate," from Latin deletus, past participle of delere "destroy, blot out, efface," from delevi, originally perfective tense of delinere "to daub, erase by smudging" (as of the wax on a writing table), from de- "from, away" (see de-) + linere "to smear, wipe" (see lime (n.1)). In English, specifically of written matter, from c.1600. Related: Deleted; deleting.

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