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Syllabification: de·lete
Pronunciation: /dəˈlēt

Definition of delete in English:


[with object]
1Remove or obliterate (written or printed matter), especially by drawing a line through it or marking it with a delete sign: the passage was deleted
More example sentences
  • But once the dogs of war started howling he deleted the fine print.
  • The pharmacy deleted an important ingredient in your blood pressure management when it made this switch.
  • I vote that the second half of the film be deleted, re-written, and re-filmed to completely focus on the time spent on The Farm.
remove, cut out, take out, edit out, expunge, excise, eradicate, cancel;
cross out, strike out, blue-pencil, ink out, scratch out, obliterate, white out;
rub out, erase, efface, wipe out, blot out;
Printing dele
1.1 (usually be deleted) Remove (data) from a computer’s memory.
Example sentences
  • Users are advised to update their antivirus software and delete any suspicious emails without opening them.
  • In many cases, criminals think that they can permanently delete information from their computers by hitting Delete on the keyboard.
  • Remove software by deleting them from the Program Files folder.
1.2 (be deleted) Genetics (Of a section of genetic code, or its product) be lost or excised from a nucleic acid or protein sequence: if one important gene is deleted from an animal’s DNA, other genes can stand in
More example sentences
  • In this process new genes are created by repeated gene duplications, and some genes may later become pseudogenes or even be deleted from the genome.
  • This may be related to the large size of the chromosomal DNA to be deleted, to polymorphism at this locus, or to specific effects of the donor DNA.
  • As reported previously, at each insertion site some chromosomal DNA was deleted, most likely in conjunction with the integration event.
1.3Remove (a product, especially a recording) from the catalog of those available for purchase: their EMI release has already been deleted
More example sentences
  • If none of these options is considered feasible, the company must decide how best to delete the product.
  • Serious about their decision to leave the music business, the band deleted their back catalogue, which meant that after the existing records were sold no more would be pressed.
  • Then they deleted their entire back catalogue.


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A command or key on a computer that erases text.
Example sentences
  • I accidentally hit the tiny delete key instead of backspace.
  • Because a CD-ROM is static, there will never be a delete or update.
  • Great, but won't people have to have phones which can accept delete commands?


late Middle English (in the sense 'destroy'): from Latin delet- 'blotted out, effaced', from the verb delere.

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