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delete

[dih-leet]
verb (used with object), de·let·ed, de·let·ing.
  1. to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge.
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Origin of delete

1485–95; < Latin dēlētus (past participle of dēlēre to destroy), equivalent to dēl- destroy + -ē- thematic vowel + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsde·let·a·ble, adjectivere·de·lete, verb (used with object), re·de·let·ed, re·de·let·ing.un·de·let·ed, adjective

Synonyms for delete

Synonym study

See cancel.
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British Dictionary definitions for deletable

delete

verb
  1. (tr) to remove (something printed or written); erase; cancel; strike out
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Word Origin for delete

C17: from Latin dēlēre to destroy, obliterate
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Word Origin and History for deletable

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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