Delete meaning

dĭ-lēt
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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To remove an item of data from a file or to remove a file from the disk. See Delete key, Del, file wipe, trash and undelete.
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To remove (a file, for example) from a hard drive or other storage medium.
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To take out (a printed or written letter, word, etc.); cross out.
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Alternative spelling of Delete.

I lost the file when I accidentally hit delete.

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To remove, get rid of or erase, especially written or printed material, or data on a computer.
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(computing) To hide, conceal.
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A key that may be pressed to delete something (including text or files) from a computer.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary