- 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 + -ē imperative ending
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Examples from the Web for dele
Page 52, dele comma between the words Tabes and Mesenterica.Remarks on the Subject of Lactation
"Dele has quite a family on her hands," said John, when she had gone.A Little Girl of Long Ago
Amanda Millie Douglas
It could be done in three lines as he said before, dele 1840 and put in 1838.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus
American Anti-Slavery Society
Old Sexton Grimwet kept getting considerable feeble, and Dele she took to helping him with his work.A Book o' Nine Tales.
Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.The Lancashire Witches
William Harrison Ainsworth
- a sign (δ) indicating that typeset matter is to be deletedCompare stet
- (tr) to mark (matter to be deleted) with a dele
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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