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

(computing) To hide, conceal.

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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