Definition of delete in English:


Line breaks: de¦lete
Pronunciation: /dɪˈliːt


[with object]
  • 1Remove or obliterate (written or printed matter), especially by drawing a line through it: the passage was deleted
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    • 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, put a line through, blue-pencil, ink out, score out, scratch out, obliterate, white out; rub out, erase, efface, wipe out, blot out
    Computing , • informal kill
    Printing dele
    British trademark Tippex out
  • 1.1Remove (data) from a computer’s memory: any program in memory will be deleted before the new one is loaded
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    • 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.
  • 1.2Remove (a product, especially a recording) from the catalogue of those available for purchase: their EMI release has already been deleted
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    • 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.
  • 1.3 (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
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    • 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.


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  • A command or key on a computer which erases text: you can use delete to remove a number of lines from your program
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    • 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?





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  • Actually, beyond deletion of the files, my options are nonexistent.
  • This eliminates the issue of file corruptions, viruses and file deletions.
  • Several programs exist to allow users to accomplish actual deletion of files containing sensitive information.


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

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