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[ih-lim-uh-neyt] /ɪˈlɪm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), eliminated, eliminating.
to remove or get rid of, especially as being in some way undesirable:
to eliminate risks; to eliminate hunger.
Antonyms: obtain, get, invite.
to omit, especially as being unimportant or irrelevant; leave out:
I have eliminated all statistical tables, which are of interest only to the specialist.
to remove from further consideration or competition, especially by defeating in a contest.
to eradicate or kill:
to eliminate the enemy.
Physiology. to void or expel from an organism.
Mathematics. to remove (a quantity) from an equation by elimination.
Origin of eliminate
1560-70; 1915-20 for def 4; < Latin ēlīminātus turned out of doors (past participle of ēlīmināre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + līmin-, stem of līmen threshold + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[ih-lim-uh-nuh-bil-i-tee] /ɪˌlɪm ə nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
eliminative, adjective
noneliminative, adjective
preeliminate, verb (used with object), preeliminated, preeliminating.
uneliminated, adjective
well-eliminated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Their corpses, interspersed here and there in the series of the cells, are disturbing causes, which it is wise to eliminate.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • Not to eliminate your wealth, but eliminate all thought of it.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • Catastrophe opposes the tendency to eliminate from life everything that requires a calling forth of unusual energies.

    Catastrophe and Social Change Samuel Henry Prince
  • The identification and draining of these clay layers may eliminate this cause.

  • Overtime is one thing that the management has not yet been able wholly to eliminate.

    Consumers' Cooperative Societies in New York State The Consumers' League of New York
British Dictionary definitions for eliminate


verb (transitive)
to remove or take out; get rid of
to reject as trivial or irrelevant; omit from consideration
to remove (a competitor, team, etc) from a contest, usually by defeat
(slang) to murder in a cold-blooded manner
(physiol) to expel (waste matter) from the body
(maths) to remove (an unknown variable) from two or more simultaneous equations
Derived Forms
eliminable, adjective
eliminability, noun
eliminant, noun
eliminative, eliminatory, adjective
eliminator, noun
Usage note
Eliminate is sometimes wrongly used to talk about avoiding the repetition of something undesirable: we must prevent (not eliminate) further mistakes of this kind
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēlīmināre to turn out of the house, from e- out + līmen threshold
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Word Origin and History for eliminate

1560s, from Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare "thrust out of doors, expel," from ex limine "off the threshold," from ex "off, out" (see ex-) + limine, ablative of limen "threshold" (see limit (n.)).

Used literally at first; sense of "exclude" first attested 1714; sense of "expel waste from the body" is c.1795. Related: Eliminated; eliminating; eliminative; eliminatory.

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