Definition of eliminate in English:

eliminate

Line breaks: elim¦in|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɪmɪneɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Completely remove or get rid of (something): a policy that would eliminate inflation
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  • Ozone, produced by zapping oxygen with electricity, will be pumped into the water taken out of Cheney to remove impurities and eliminate most odors.
  • The only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it and destroy it where it grows.
  • In either case, the fear of personal liability for individual health care workers would be removed, resulting in eliminating the need to hide errors.
Synonyms
informal give something the chop, knock something on the head
1.1Exclude (someone or something) from consideration or further participation: the police have eliminated Lawrence from their inquiries (as adjective eliminating) teams who had fought their way through the eliminating rounds
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  • Until a team is eliminated from playoff contention, the goal is to win now.
  • Internal bickering and finger-pointing plagued the team after it was eliminated from the World Cup.
  • Nothing will change until the team is officially eliminated from the playoffs.
Synonyms
2Expel (waste matter) from the body: this diet claims to eliminate toxins from the body
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  • Diuretics lower blood pressure by helping your body eliminate sodium and water.
  • Your colon normally eliminates waste material and bacteria and absorbs water and sodium to maintain your body's fluid and electrolyte balance.
  • This helps the body to eliminate toxins and waste products, and will also help counteract the common pregnancy complaints of constipation and nausea.
3 Mathematics Remove (a variable) from an equation, typically by substituting another which is shown by another equation to be equivalent.
4 Chemistry Generate (a simple substance) as a product in the course of a reaction involving larger molecules: the acid portion of one molecule reacts with the basic portion of the other, and water is eliminated
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  • If excess methanol is heated with concentrated sulfuric acid one molecule of water is eliminated from two molecules of methanol to produce dimethyl ether.
  • The simple molecule eliminated can be water, ammonia, or an alcohol.
  • Generally, the molecule that is eliminated during a condensation sequence is a simple one such as water.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'drive out'): from Latin eliminat- 'turned out of doors', from the verb eliminare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + limen, limin- 'threshold'.

Derivatives

eliminable

Pronunciation: /-nəb(ə)l/
adjective
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  • At first Berkeley poured scorn on those who adhere to the concept of infinitesimal, maintaining that the use of infinitesimals in deriving mathematical results is illusory, and is in fact eliminable.
  • One or two of the purported observations might be eliminable in virtue of some logical property of the word ‘observe’, such as that it is not logically possible to observe the future.
  • Unlike redundancy theories, however, the prosentential theory does not take the truth predicate to be always eliminable without loss.

elimination

Pronunciation: /-ˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • Since the beginning of 2000, GM has carried out a series of job eliminations resulting in the destruction of over 10,000 jobs.
  • Implicit in this is the need for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction by all nations.
  • Sarah has already made it through the first round of eliminations and this Sunday night will be hoping to make it through the second.

eliminator

noun
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  • And even if tax eliminators win only a few of the battles, it will be a major move in the right direction.
  • Some maintain that these professional paranormal eliminators in New York are the cause of it all.
  • There was also the women's under-19 soccer team that was in South Africa in the same week besides having hosted their counterparts from there two weeks previously in a World Cup eliminator.

eliminatory

Pronunciation: /-nət(ə)ri/
adjective
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  • We were then moved into the eliminatory sixteen and Blinky started to really show his talent.
  • Bombardment with these substances can lead to the breakdown of our immune system and eliminatory system.
  • These include arthritis, headache and eliminatory complaints.

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