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Definition of "eliminate" []

  • To get rid of; remove: an effort to eliminate homelessness; eliminated his enemies. (verb-transitive)
  • To leave out or omit from consideration; reject. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove from consideration by defeating, as in a contest. (verb-transitive)
  • Mathematics To remove (an unknown quantity) by combining equations. (verb-transitive)
  • Physiology To excrete (bodily wastes). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "eliminate" in a sentence
  • "We collectively are making the virtual elimination of these new infections in children an achievable goal, deliberately using the word "eliminate" -- not just "prevent.""
  • "If the word eliminate only makes you want them more, then make a pact with yourself to systematically cut back until you have only the occasional soda or other sugary drink as part of a planned treat."
  • "As far as I'm concerned, the right thing to eliminate is Nancy Pelosi, at least from her seat in Congress."