Definition of removal in English:


Line breaks: re|moval
Pronunciation: /rɪˈmuːv(ə)l


[mass noun]
  • 1The action of taking away or abolishing something unwanted: the removal of the brain tumour the removal of all legal barriers to the free movement of goods [count noun]: the forced removals of the Acadians began in late 1755
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    • Thus, the physician should be armed with information about removal of unwanted hair.
    • The early patients were patients undergoing surgery on the visual areas of the brain for removal of tumors and so forth.
    • We are currently assigning all non-essential personnel to the removal of these unwanted franchise restaurants.
  • 1.1 [usually as modifier] British The transfer of furniture and other contents when moving house: removal men
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    • If a removal firm cannot remove furniture from a house without exposing its employees to unacceptable risk then it can and should refuse to do the job.
    • After doing this, look for a furniture removal company.
    • Many furniture removal companies operate secure storage facilities on a weekly rental basis, which could be a short-term solution.
  • 1.2The dismissal of someone from a job: opposition parties demanded his immediate removal from office
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    • A lot of the Alliance leaders have, since our removal from parliament, thrown ourselves into union organising work.
    • But it was Whitlam who telephoned Buckingham Palace on November 11 after his removal from office by the Australian Governor-General.
    • And while the task force prepares to fully hand over the Haiti operation to UN troops, Aristide's removal from power is still not without its opponents.
  • 1.3South African historical The forcing of individuals or communities to leave their place of residence, especially to move to ethnically homogeneous rural settlements.
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    • Finally the federal government ordered forcible removal of all remaining Creeks in 1836.
    move, transfer, relocation; Scottish & Northern English flit, flitting
  • 1.4 (also removal of remains) Irish The formal procedure of taking a body from the house to the church for the funeral service: his fellow employees formed guards of honour at the removal and funeral
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    • The huge numbers who attended the removal of remains, Funeral Mass and burial provided fitting tribute to the life of this very special wife, mother, sister and grandmother.
    • The huge attendance at the removal of remains, funeral, and burial, bore fitting testimony to the popularity of this very pleasant and popular young lady.
    • Jackie was a very popular man as could be seen from the large attendances at both the removal of remains, funeral Mass and burial.

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