- 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 eliminatedoust, waive, ignore, erase, defeat, cancel, exclude, disqualify, eradicate, invalidate, drop, annihilate, eject, expel, liquidate, omit, terminate, slay, discard, disregard
Examples from the Web for eliminated
Contemporary Examples of eliminated
We eliminated him because we just needed to consolidate for film.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
While the winners will take home the prize money and title, the eliminated contestants can hardly be considered losers.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality
November 22, 2014
No broad-based federal entitlement program has ever been eliminated.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
The sheer amount of redundant bureaucracy needs to be eliminated.America’s Advanced Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech
October 1, 2014
Someone does the foxtrot and then is eliminated pretty much immediately.'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Ricky Ubeda Is Adorable, and Tired
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of eliminated
The sectional element has happily been eliminated from the tariff discussion.
“I never affirmed I could not be eliminated,” rejoined the other.The Secret Agent
Franklin eliminated this feature and dropped the first part of the long name.The Age of Invention
Some of the chapters he rewrote; others he eliminated entirely.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
He has eliminated the subtle sensuousness which has its own allure in the drawing.Holbein
- 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
Word Origin and History for eliminated
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.