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[ ri-moov ]

verb (used with object)

, re·moved, re·mov·ing.
  1. to move from a place or position; take away or off:

    to remove the napkins from the table.

    Synonyms: dislodge

    Antonyms: leave

  2. to take off or shed (an article of clothing):

    to remove one's jacket.

  3. to move or shift to another place or position; transfer:

    She removed the painting to another wall.

    Synonyms: transport, displace

  4. to put out; send away:

    to remove a tenant.

  5. to dismiss or force from a position or office; discharge:

    They removed him for embezzling.

  6. to take away, withdraw, or eliminate:

    to remove the threat of danger.

  7. to get rid of; do away with; put an end to:

    to remove a stain;

    to remove the source of disease.

  8. to kill; assassinate.

    Synonyms: murder

verb (used without object)

, re·moved, re·mov·ing.
  1. to move from one place to another, especially to another locality or residence:

    We remove to Newport early in July.

    Antonyms: remain

  2. to go away; depart; disappear.


  1. the act of removing.
  2. a removal from one place, as of residence, to another.
  3. the distance by which one person, place, or thing is separated from another:

    to see something at a remove.

  4. a mental distance from the reality of something as a result of psychological detachment or lack of experience:

    to criticize something at a remove.

  5. a degree of difference, as that due to descent, transmission, etc.:

    a folk survival, at many removes, of a druidic rite.

  6. a step or degree, as in a graded scale.
  7. British. a promotion of a pupil to a higher class or division at school.


/ rɪˈmuːv /


  1. to take away and place elsewhere
  2. to displace (someone) from office; dismiss
  3. to do away with (a grievance, cause of anxiety, etc); abolish
  4. to cause (dirt, stains, or anything unwanted) to disappear; get rid of
  5. euphemistic.
    to assassinate; kill
  6. formal.
    intr to change the location of one's home or place of business

    the publishers have removed to Mayfair


  1. the act of removing, esp (formal) a removal of one's residence or place of work
  2. the degree of difference separating one person, thing, or condition from another

    only one remove from madness

  3. (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
  4. (at a formal dinner, formerly) a dish to be changed while the rest of the course remains on the table
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Derived Forms

  • reˈmovable, adjective
  • reˈmovably, adverb
  • reˌmovaˈbility, noun
  • reˈmover, noun
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Other Words From

  • prere·move verb (used with object) preremoved preremoving
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Word History and Origins

Origin of remove1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English verb remeven, remefen, remoeven, from Old French remouvoir, from Latin removēre; re-, move
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Word History and Origins

Origin of remove1

C14: from Old French removoir , from Latin removēre ; see move
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Example Sentences

When we restage these plays —and in the early 21st century, we never seem of tiring of doing so—we’re undertaking something similar, albeit at an extra remove.

From Time

The minimalist yet vibrant pictures were made while Rose cocooned for much of 2020 in a Delaware beach house, at a remove from the pandemic and the election.

It is unclear to what degree Rudin will choose to step away creatively or financially from those films, and what action A24 would take to keep him at a remove.

It’s so clearly built for the communal uplift that occurs only when an audience is sharing space with a performer that the digital remove becomes an impediment.

One’s patience with the remove from the action wears thin all too quickly.

Using a heatproof slotted spoon, remove the shallots to a paper towel-lined plate.

Allow beans to cool completely then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to dry.

Remove some shallots from the buttermilk and dredge in the seasoned flour mixture.

Remove from heat and stir in the walnuts, rum, powdered sugar, and salt until fully incorporated.

Remove the roast from the pan and let rest for a minimum of 15 minutes.

The new forces controlled by mankind have been powerless as yet to remove want and destitution, hard work and social discontent.

The bill to remove the civil disabilities of the Jews rejected in the British parliament by a vote of 288 to 165.

She laughed shakily and her hand went up to remove it; but he caught her fingers and held them to his face.

Another act of bankruptcy is to convey, transfer, conceal or remove property with the intention to defraud creditors.

For my name's sake I will remove my wrath far off: and for my praise I will bridle thee, lest thou shouldst perish.