Delete Definition

deleted, deletes, deleting
deleted, deletes, deleting
To cancel, strike out, or make impossible to be perceived.
Deleted the expletives from the transcript with a marker.
American Heritage
To take out (a printed or written letter, word, etc.); cross out.
Webster's New World
To remove from a document or record.
Deleted the names from the computer file.
American Heritage
To remove (a file, for example) from a hard drive or other storage medium.
American Heritage
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.
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Alternative spelling of Delete.
I lost the file when I accidentally hit delete.

A key that may be pressed to delete something (including text or files) from a computer.


Origin of Delete

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin dēlēre dēlēt- to wipe out

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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