- to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge.
Origin of delete
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Examples from the Web for delete
Ultimately, all it took was the mere mention of a lawyer for the perpetrator to delete the accounts and disappear completely.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
The Navy captain responded to the text from Bissonnette with the words, “Delete me.”‘They Don’t Call It SEAL Team 6-Year-Old for Nothing’: Commandos Clash Over Tell-All Book
November 3, 2014
Or perhaps just delete your social media accounts altogether.The GOP's Many Facebook Fiascos
August 7, 2014
Or, I should say, why did Facebook delete my account three times?Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me?
August 2, 2014
Of course, the incentive for the Gingrich team would be not to delete the phony accounts.Your Fake Followers Are Catfishing You: Bacon Mavens, Newt’s Fake Fans, and Other Social Media Scams
July 3, 2014
Page 102, middle, delete comma after them; insert comma after nave.How to judge architecture
“Quit it, delete it, cease it,” Chauncey Delarouse admonished testily.The Red One
They were to delete him from the category of those who might be taken.The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore
John R. Hutchinson
Maybe I should just delete it, take temptation out of your way.Little Brother
It was curtailed, but delete it as one would, it was still too long.The English Stage
- (tr) to remove (something printed or written); erase; cancel; strike out
Word Origin and History for delete
late 15c., "destroy, eradicate," from Latin deletus, past participle of delere "destroy, blot out, efface," from delevi, originally perfective tense of delinere "to daub, erase by smudging" (as of the wax on a writing table), from de- "from, away" (see de-) + linere "to smear, wipe" (see lime (n.1)). In English, specifically of written matter, from c.1600. Related: Deleted; deleting.