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delete

[dih-leet] /dɪˈlit/
verb (used with object), deleted, deleting.
1.
to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge.
Origin of delete
1485-1495
1485-95; < Latin dēlētus (past participle of dēlēre to destroy), equivalent to dēl- destroy + -ē- thematic vowel + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
deletable, adjective
redelete, verb (used with object), redeleted, redeleting.
undeleted, adjective
Synonyms
eradicate.
Synonym Study
See cancel.
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  • Page 102, middle, delete comma after them; insert comma after nave.

    How to judge architecture Russell Sturgis
  • “Quit it, delete it, cease it,” Chauncey Delarouse admonished testily.

    The Red One Jack London
  • They were to delete him from the category of those who might be taken.

  • Maybe I should just delete it, take temptation out of your way.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • It was curtailed, but delete it as one would, it was still too long.

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
British Dictionary definitions for delete

delete

/dɪˈliːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove (something printed or written); erase; cancel; strike out
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēlēre to destroy, obliterate
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Word Origin and History for delete
v.

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.

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