[ dee-lee ]
/ ˈdi li /

verb (used with object), de·led, de·le·ing.

to delete.


a mark, as or , used to indicate matter to be deleted.

Origin of dele

1695–1705; < Latin dēlē (2nd person singular imperative of dēlēre), equivalent to dēl- destroy + imperative ending Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dele

/ (ˈdiːlɪ) /

noun plural deles

a sign (δ) indicating that typeset matter is to be deletedCompare stet

verb deles, deleing or deled

(tr) to mark (matter to be deleted) with a dele

Word Origin for dele

C18: from Latin: delete (imperative), from dēlēre to destroy, obliterate; see delete
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