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dele

[dee-lee] /ˈdi li/ Printing.
verb (used with object), deled, deleing.
1.
to delete.
noun
2.
a mark, as or , used to indicate matter to be deleted.
Origin of dele
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Latin dēlē (2nd person singular imperative of dēlēre), equivalent to dēl- destroy + imperative ending
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dele

/ˈdiːlɪ/
noun (pl) deles
1.
a sign (δ) indicating that typeset matter is to be deleted Compare stet
verb deles, deleing, deled
2.
(transitive) to mark (matter to be deleted) with a dele
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: delete (imperative), from dēlēre to destroy, obliterate; see delete
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Word Origin and History for dele

typographer's direction to blot out a letter, from Latin dele, imperative singular of delere (see delete).

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