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eliminate

[ih-lim-uh-neyt] /ɪˈlɪm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), eliminated, eliminating.
1.
to remove or get rid of, especially as being in some way undesirable:
to eliminate risks; to eliminate hunger.
Antonyms: obtain, get, invite.
2.
to omit, especially as being unimportant or irrelevant; leave out:
I have eliminated all statistical tables, which are of interest only to the specialist.
3.
to remove from further consideration or competition, especially by defeating in a contest.
4.
to eradicate or kill:
to eliminate the enemy.
5.
Physiology. to void or expel from an organism.
6.
Mathematics. to remove (a quantity) from an equation by elimination.
Origin
1560-1570
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
eliminability
[ih-lim-uh-nuh-bil-i-tee] /ɪˌlɪm ə nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
eliminative, adjective
noneliminative, adjective
preeliminate, verb (used with object), preeliminated, preeliminating.
uneliminated, adjective
well-eliminated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for eliminated

eliminate

/ɪˈlɪmɪˌneɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove or take out; get rid of
2.
to reject as trivial or irrelevant; omit from consideration
3.
to remove (a competitor, team, etc) from a contest, usually by defeat
4.
(slang) to murder in a cold-blooded manner
5.
(physiol) to expel (waste matter) from the body
6.
(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 eliminated

eliminate

v.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for eliminated

eliminated

adjective

Killed: eliminated in prison


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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