Definition of delete verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

delete

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈliːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈliːt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they delete
BrE BrE//dɪˈliːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈliːt//
 
he / she / it deletes
BrE BrE//dɪˈliːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈliːts//
 
past simple deleted
BrE BrE//dɪˈliːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈliːtɪd//
 
past participle deleted
BrE BrE//dɪˈliːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈliːtɪd//
 
-ing form deleting
BrE BrE//dɪˈliːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈliːtɪŋ//
 
Email, Using a computer
 
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delete something (from something) to remove something that has been written or printed, or that has been stored on a computer Your name has been deleted from the list. This command deletes files from the directory. (British English) Mr/Mrs/Ms (delete as appropriate) Delete the word ‘it’ and insert ‘them’. Wordfindercopy, data, delete, file, folder, icon, menu, open, password, print CollocationsEmail and the InternetEmail receive/​get/​open an email write/​send/​answer/​forward/​delete an email check/​read/​access your email block/​filter (out) junk/​spam/​unsolicited email exchange email addresses open/​check your inbox junk mail fills/​floods/​clogs your inbox have/​set up an email account open/​send/​contain an attachment sign up for/​receive email alertsConnecting to the Internet use/​access/​log onto the Internet/​the Web go online/​on the Internet have a high-speed/​dial-up/​broadband/​wireless (Internet) connection access/​connect to/​locate the server use/​open/​close/​launch a/​your web browser browse/​surf/​search/​scour the Internet/​the Web send/​contain/​spread/​detect a(n) (computer/​email) virus update your anti-virus software install/​use/​configure a firewall accept/​enable/​block/​delete cookiesUsing the Internet visit/​check a website/​an Internet site/​somebody’s blog create/​design/​launch a website/​social networking site start/​write/​post/​read a blog update your blog/​a website be in/​meet somebody in/​go into/​enter an Internet chat room download/​upload music/​software/​a song/​a podcast/​a file/​a copy of something share information/​data/​files post a comment/​message on a(n) website/​online message board/​web forum/​Internet chat room stream video/​audio/​music/​content over the Internet join/​participate in/​visit/​provide a(n) (web-based/​web/​online/​Internet/​discussion) forum generate/​increase/​monitor Internet traffic See related entries: Email, Using a computer Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘destroy’): from Latin delet- ‘blotted out, effaced’, from the verb delere.Extra examples Mr/​Mrs/​Ms (delete as appropriate) The file had been accidentally deleted. I deleted your last email by mistake—could you send it again?
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