[ dih-leet ]
/ dɪˈlit /
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verb (used with object), de·let·ed, de·let·ing.
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

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See cancel.


de·let·a·ble, adjectivere·de·lete, verb (used with object), re·de·let·ed, re·de·let·ing.un·de·let·ed, adjective
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What is basic definition of delete?

Delete means to remove or destroy something, specifically something that is written, printed, or stored on a computer.

Before the Internet, delete often referred to removing something from drafts of books, letters, newspapers, and other materials. Today, delete often refers to either hitting a key on a keyboard that erases text or telling a computer to get rid of a file, as by placing a document in the trash can. A person may also want to delete (deactivate) a social media account.

  • Real-life examples: When you’re writing an essay, you might delete some paragraphs and add others. To better use data storage space, you might delete all of your junk email or delete a bunch of photos from your smartphone.
  • Used in a sentence: The reporter deleted the final two paragraphs of the story in order to make it shorter. 

Where does delete come from?

The first records of delete come from around 1485. It comes from the Latin dēlēre, meaning “to destroy.”

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What are some other forms related to delete?

  • deletion (noun)
  • deletable (adjective)
  • redelete (verb)
  • undeleted (adjective)

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How is delete used in real life?

Delete is a common word that most often refers to destroying or erasing something on a computer.

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If you delete a text message, you are erasing it from your device.

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British Dictionary definitions for delete

/ (dɪˈliːt) /

(tr) to remove (something printed or written); erase; cancel; strike out

Word Origin for delete

C17: from Latin dēlēre to destroy, obliterate
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