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Definition of eliminate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they eliminate
    he / she / it eliminates
    past simple eliminated
    -ing form eliminating
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  1. 1to remove or get rid of something or someone eliminate something/somebody Credit cards eliminate the need to carry a lot of cash. eliminate something/somebody from something The police have eliminated two suspects from their investigation. This diet claims to eliminate toxins from the body.
  2. 2eliminate somebody (from something) [usually passive] to defeat a person or a team so that they no longer take part in a competition, etc. synonym knock somebodyout (of something) Her team was eliminated in the early stages of the competition. She was eliminated from the tournament in the first round.
  3. 3eliminate somebody (formal) to kill someone, especially an enemy or opponent Most of the regime's left-wing opponents were eliminated.
noun [uncountable, countable] the elimination of disease/poverty/crime There were three eliminations in the first round of the competition. the elimination of toxins from the body
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