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verb (used with object), de·led, de·le·ing.
  1. to delete.
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  1. a mark, as or , used to indicate matter to be deleted.
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Origin of dele

1695–1705; < Latin dēlē (2nd person singular imperative of dēlēre), equivalent to dēl- destroy + imperative ending
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Examples from the Web for dele

Historical Examples

  • Page 52, dele comma between the words Tabes and Mesenterica.

    Remarks on the Subject of Lactation

    Edward Morton

  • "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.

  • Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.

    The Lancashire Witches

    William Harrison Ainsworth

British Dictionary definitions for dele


noun plural deles
  1. a sign (δ) indicating that typeset matter is to be deletedCompare stet
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verb deles, deleing or deled
  1. (tr) to mark (matter to be deleted) with a dele
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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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