eliminate[ē lim′ə nāt′, i-]
An example of eliminate is someone being taken out of a competition.
transitive verbeliminated, eliminating
- to take out; remove; get rid of
- to leave out of consideration; reject; omit
- to drop (a person, team, etc. losing a round or match in a contest) from further competition
- Algebra to get rid of (an unknown quantity) by combining equations
- Physiol. to expel (waste products) from the body; excrete
Origin of eliminate; from Classical Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, to turn out of doors, banish ; from e-, out + limen, threshold (akin to limes, boundary) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (e)lei-, to bend from source limb
transitive verbe·lim·i·nat·ed, e·lim·i·nat·ing, e·lim·i·nates
- To get rid of; remove: an effort to eliminate homelessness; eliminated his enemies.
- a. To leave out or omit from consideration; reject: For now, let's eliminate from the discussion the possibility of failure.b. To remove from consideration by defeating, as in a contest.
- Mathematics To remove (an unknown quantity) by combining equations.
- Physiology To excrete (bodily wastes).
Origin of eliminateLatin ēlīmināre, ēlīmināt-, to banish : ē-, ex-, ex- + līmen, līmin-, threshold.
- e·lim′i·na′tive, e·lim′i·na·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present eliminates, present participle eliminating, simple past and past participle eliminated)
- To completely destroy (something) so that it no longer exists.
- (slang) To kill (a person or animal).
- (physiology) To excrete (waste products).
- To exclude (from investigation or from further competition).
- Bill was eliminated as a suspect when the police interviewed witnesses.
- John was eliminated as a contestant when it was found he had gained, rather than lost, weight.
- (accounting) To record amounts in a consolidation statement to remove the effects of inter-company transactions.