- Eliminate is defined as to take out or leave out.
An example of eliminate is someone being taken out of a competition.
- 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: ; from Classical Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare, to turn out of doors, banish ; from e-, out plush limen, threshold (akin to limes, boundary) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (e)lei-, to bend from source limb
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transitive verb e·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.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: Latin ēlīmināre, ēlīmināt-, to banish : ē-, ex-, ex- + līmen, līmin-, threshold.
- e·limˌi·naˈtion noun
- e·limˈi·naˌtive, e·limˈi·na·toˌry adjective
- e·limˈi·naˌtor noun