delete[dē lēt′, di-]
- To delete is defined as to remove or cancel something.
When you type the letter "x" by mistake and you do not want the letter there so you go back and erase it, this is an example of a time when you delete.
Using an eraser to delete a word.
transitive verbdeleted, deleting
Origin of delete; from Classical Latin deletus, past participle of delere, to blot out, destroy ; from de-, from + base of linere, to daub, rub over (writing on a wax table with the blunt end of the style) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lei-, viscous, smooth from source lime
transitive verbde·let·ed, de·let·ing, de·letes
- a. To cancel, strike out, or make impossible to be perceived: deleted the expletives from the transcript with a marker.b. To remove from a document or record: deleted the names from the computer file. See Synonyms at erase.
- To remove (a file, for example) from a hard drive or other storage medium.
Origin of deleteLatin dēlēre, dēlēt-, to wipe out.
- Alternative spelling of Delete.
- I lost the file when I accidentally hit delete.
(third-person singular simple present deletes, present participle deleting, simple past and past participle deleted)
From Latin deletus, past participle of delere (“destroy, blot out, efface”), from delevi, originally perf. tense of delinere (“to daub, erase by smudging”), from de- (“from, away”) + linere (“to smear, wipe”).
- A key that may be pressed to delete something (including text or files) from a computer.