A sign indicating that something is to be removed from printed or written matter.
transitive verbde·led, de·le·ing, de·les
- To remove, especially from printed or written matter; delete.
- To mark with a sign indicating deletion.
Origin of deleLatin dēlē, second person sing. imperative of dēlēre, to delete.
(third-person singular simple present deles, present participle deleing, simple past and past participle deled)
- (printing, usually imperative) to delete
- (printing) a sign signifying deletion
From Latin dēlē, second person singular imperative of dēleo (“delete”).