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.
I lost the file when I accidentally hit delete.
Origin of delete
- Latin dēlēre dēlēt- to wipe out
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).