- to remove or get rid of, especially as being in some way undesirable: to eliminate risks; to eliminate hunger.
- to omit, especially as being unimportant or irrelevant; leave out: I have eliminated all statistical tables, which are of interest only to the specialist.
- to remove from further consideration or competition, especially by defeating in a contest.
- to eradicate or kill: to eliminate the enemy.
- Physiology. to void or expel from an organism.
- Mathematics. to remove (a quantity) from an equation by elimination.
Origin of eliminate
Related Words for eliminateoust, waive, ignore, erase, defeat, cancel, exclude, disqualify, eradicate, invalidate, drop, annihilate, eject, expel, liquidate, omit, terminate, slay, discard, disregard
Examples from the Web for eliminate
Contemporary Examples of eliminate
Third, the destruction: These hedge-fund managers want to eliminate all limits and oversight of charter schools.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools
November 26, 2014
The authors took care to eliminate the possibility of other sources of polarization, which is always a concern in astronomy.The Black Hole Tango
Matthew R. Francis
November 24, 2014
The J in its name actually stands for Jian—annihilate, eliminate.Beijing's New Stealth Jet: Made in China
November 16, 2014
He ran on a serious one-issue platform: eliminate the office of lieutenant governor.
"I thought we should eliminate the office and save the state" what he estimates is $1 million in annual expenses.
Historical Examples of eliminate
To attempt to eliminate fear and retain this concept of God is vain.The Conquest of Fear
Also I noted the absence of the Mixer and wondered how the host had contrived to eliminate her.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The knowledge we gain from you has enabled us to eliminate at least half of our microbes.
And chief instigator of the trouble we've been sent to eliminate.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
If we eliminate the three first, the unknown remainder will be justice.The Republic
- to remove or take out; get rid of
- to reject as trivial or irrelevant; omit from consideration
- to remove (a competitor, team, etc) from a contest, usually by defeat
- slang to murder in a cold-blooded manner
- physiol to expel (waste matter) from the body
- maths to remove (an unknown variable) from two or more simultaneous equations
Word Origin for eliminate
1560s, from Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare "thrust out of doors, expel," from ex limine "off the threshold," from ex "off, out" (see ex-) + limine, ablative of limen "threshold" (see limit (n.)).
Used literally at first; sense of "exclude" first attested 1714; sense of "expel waste from the body" is c.1795. Related: Eliminated; eliminating; eliminative; eliminatory.