Translation of remove in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /rɪˈmuːv/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (take off) quitar, sacar* she removed her gloves se quitó los guantes the radio can be easily removed la radio se saca fácilmenteto remove sth from sth the nurse removed the bandage from his arm la enfermera le quitó la venda del brazo remove the lid from the box quítele or sáquele la tapa a la caja, destape la caja she removed a piece of fluff from his collar le quitó una pelusa del cuello
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    • He quickly went inside, removed his shirt and shoes, and looked at the two.
    • He quickly removed her dress, shoes, and underclothes.
    • Filling my palms with the cool water, I washed my face, then quickly removed my clothing.
    1.2 (take out) [contents] sacar*; [tonsils/appendix] extirpar [formal]; [gallstones/bullet] extraer* [formal]
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    • You should be able to operate the chair with one hand, removing the tray and positioning your child inside.
    • Alain was in a position to easily remove Howarth's pistol from its holster, unnoticed.
    • Team members support both of the patient's legs as positioning devices are removed.
    1.3 (edit out) to remove sth (from sth) [word/paragraph/item] suprimir or excluir* algo (de algo)
  • 2 2.1 (get rid of) [stain/ink/grease] quitar a cream to remove unwanted hair una crema para eliminar el vello superfluo 2.2 (eliminate) [problem/difficulty] eliminar, acabar con; [doubt/suspicion] disipar; [threat/obstacle] eliminar
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    • It is this filtration that removes some of the harsher flavour in the whiskey and the end product is a smoother and mellower taste.
    • The million organisms of live rock and sand break down the wastes into nitrate, which can then be removed through mechanical filtration.
    • Excess chlorine can be removed by activated carbon filtration.
  • 3 (take away, move) to remove sth (from sth) [object] quitar algo (de algo) to remove sb (from sth) sacar* a algn (de algo) can you remove this from here? ¿podrías quitar esto de aquí? (out of the way) ¿podrías quitar esto de en medio? the police forcibly removed him from the premises la policía lo sacó del local por la fuerza the inhabitants/valuables had been removed to a place of safety los habitantes/los objetos de valor habían sido trasladados a un lugar seguro to remove oneself [formal or liter] retirarse [formal], irse*, marcharse (especially Spain/especialmente España)
  • 4 (dismiss) to remove sb from sth [from post/position] destituir* a algn de algo
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    • He writes his employer to say that he wants someone removed from his hiring committee.
    • In September 1968 he was removed from all his posts and expelled from the Communist Party.
    • Another joint sitting is then convened and if the motion for the removal of the president is supported by not less than two thirds of the combined membership he is removed from office.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (change address) (British English/inglés británico) [formal], mudarse, trasladarse
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    • The following year Gainsborough and his family removed to London, taking residence in Schomberg House, Pall Mall.
    • The civil service post was resigned and the family removed to the Isle of Man to avoid the punitive tax system of the time.
    • In 1969 he founded The Honest Ulsterman, and in 1990 established the Poets' House at Islandmagee with his third wife, later removing to Falcarragh in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
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    • We were removed from our traditional lands, forced onto reservations on infertile land so barren we couldn't grow crops or raise livestock.
    • A former NWFP governor, Lt-Gen I.H. Shah ordered a thriving pheasantry to be removed from Dhodial in District Manshera.
    • Let there not be a repeat of what has happened in nearby Zimbabwe where thousands of squatters have been forcibly removed from illegal settlements.


  • to be at one remove from sth estar* a un paso de algo his statement was at several removes from the truth su declaración distaba mucho de la verdad genius is but one remove from madness de la genialidad a la locura no hay más que un paso

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.