verb (used with object), re·moved, re·mov·ing.

verb (used without object), re·moved, re·mov·ing.

to move from one place to another, especially to another locality or residence: We remove to Newport early in July.
to go away; depart; disappear.


Origin of remove

1250–1300; Middle English removen (v.) < Old French remouvoir < Latin removēre. See re-, move
Related formspre·re·move, verb (used with object), pre·re·moved, pre·re·mov·ing.

Synonyms for remove

Antonyms for remove

1. leave. 9. remain. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for remove


verb (mainly tr)

to take away and place elsewhere
to displace (someone) from office; dismiss
to do away with (a grievance, cause of anxiety, etc); abolish
to cause (dirt, stains, or anything unwanted) to disappear; get rid of
euphemistic to assassinate; kill
(intr) formal to change the location of one's home or place of businessthe publishers have removed to Mayfair


the act of removing, esp (formal) a removal of one's residence or place of work
the degree of difference separating one person, thing, or condition from anotheronly one remove from madness
British (in certain schools) a class or form, esp one for children of about 14 years, designed to introduce them to the greater responsibilities of a more senior position in the school
(at a formal dinner, formerly) a dish to be changed while the rest of the course remains on the table
Derived Formsremovable, adjectiveremovability or removableness, nounremovably, adverbremover, noun

Word Origin for remove

C14: from Old French removoir, from Latin removēre; see move
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Word Origin and History for remove

early 14c., "move, take away, dismiss," from Old French removoir "move, stir; leave, depart; take away," from Latin removere "move back or away, take away, put out of view, subtract," from re- "back, away" (see re-) + movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Related: Removed; removing.


1550s, "act of removing," from remove (v.). Sense of "distance or space by which any thing is removed from another" is attested from 1620s.

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