- To remove is to take something away, eliminate something or take something off.
- When you force someone to leave a room, this is an example of a situation where you remove him from the room.
- When you take off your shirt, this is an example of a situation where you remove your shirt.
- When you clean your oven, this is an example of a situation where you remove dirt.
transitive verbremoved, removing
- to move (something) from where it is; lift, push, transfer, or carry away, or from one place to another
- to take off: to remove one's coat
- to do away with; specif.,
- to kill or assassinate
- to dismiss, as from an office or position
- to get rid of; eliminate: to remove the causes of war
- to take, extract, separate, or withdraw (someone or something from)
Origin of removeMiddle English remouen ; from Old French remouvoir ; from Classical Latin removere: see re- and amp; move
- Old Poet. to go away
- to move away, as to another residence or place of business; move
- to be removable: paint that removes easily
- the act of removing
- the distance between one thing and another: living at a far remove from here
- any step, interval, or degree: but one short remove from victory
- Brit. a move to another residence or place of business: a formal usage
verbre·moved, re·mov·ing, re·moves
- To move from a place or position occupied: removed the cups from the table.
- To transfer or convey from one place to another: removed the family to Texas.
- To take off: removed my boots.
- To take away; withdraw: removed the candidate's name from consideration.
- To do away with; eliminate: remove a stain.
- To dismiss from an office or position.
- To change one's place of residence or business; move: “In 1751, I removed from the country to the town” (David Hume).
- To go away; depart.
- To be removable: paint that removes with water.
- The act of removing; removal.
- Distance or degree of separation or remoteness: “to spill, though at a safe remove, the blood of brave men” (Anthony Burgess).
Origin of removeMiddle English removen, from Old French remouvoir, from Latin removēre : re-, re- + movēre, to move; see move.
- re·mov′a·bil′i·ty, re·mov′a·ble·ness
(third-person singular simple present removes, present participle removing, simple past and past participle removed)
- To move something from one place to another, especially to take away.
- He removed the marbles from the bag.
- To murder.
- (cricket) To dismiss a batsman.
- To discard, set aside, especially something abstract (a thought, feeling, etc.).
- (intransitive, now rare) To depart, leave.
- (intransitive) To change one's residence; to move.
- To dismiss or discharge from office.
- The President removed many postmasters.
- The act of removing something.
- (archaic) Removing a dish at a meal in order to replace it with the next course, a dish thus replaced, or the replacement.
- (UK) (at some public schools) A division of the school, especially the form prior to last
- A step or gradation (as in the phrase "at one remove")
- Distance in time or space; interval.
- (dated) The transfer of one's home or business to another place; a move.
- The act of resetting a horse's shoe.