- 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.
delete definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Classical Latin deletus, past participle of delere, to blot out, destroy ; from de-, from plush 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
delete definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb de·let·ed, de·let·ing, de·letes
Origin: Latin dēlēre, dēlēt-, to wipe out.