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[ 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.

    Synonyms: eradicate


/ dɪˈliːt /


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

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Other Words From

  • de·leta·ble adjective
  • rede·lete verb (used with object) redeleted redeleting
  • unde·leted adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of delete1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of delete1

C17: from Latin dēlēre to destroy, obliterate

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Synonym Study

See cancel.

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Example Sentences

The Lincoln Project did not immediately respond to a message from The Washington Post seeking comment about the deleted tweets as of early Friday.

So it has also ordered the police to take steps to ensure Clearview deletes the data.

They make mistakes, like accidentally inserting one nucleotide for another, deleting one, or doubling another.

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The post has since been deleted, but not before fans captured the moment and shared it widely.

Often material will remain in the company’s servers even if it has been deleted off their sites.

Ultimately, all it took was the mere mention of a lawyer for the perpetrator to delete the accounts and disappear completely.

The Navy captain responded to the text from Bissonnette with the words, “Delete me.”

Or perhaps just delete your social media accounts altogether.

Or, I should say, why did Facebook delete my account three times?

Twitter required an old-fashioned fax of a government-issued ID before it would delete the imitator account.

In l. 87 I delete alas after him, which makes the line a whole foot too long, and is not required.

It was curtailed, but delete it as one would, it was still too long.

Would you rather I just delete what I said and just pretend that nothing is going on?

Would it be possible to delete it from the Commission's report?

The very war-correspondents were instructed to delete the horror and to write nothing that would disturb your calm.


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More About Delete

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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True or False?

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




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