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

        

    remove

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmuːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmuːv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they remove
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmuːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmuːv//
     
    he / she / it removes
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmuːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmuːvz//
     
    past simple removed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmuːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmuːvd//
     
    past participle removed
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmuːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmuːvd//
     
    -ing form removing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmuːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmuːvɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  to take something/somebody away from a place remove something/somebody Illegally parked vehicles will be removed. remove something/somebody from something/somebody He removed his hand from her shoulder. Three children were removed from the school for persistent bad behaviour. Remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir the sauce.
  2. 2  remove something to take off clothing, etc. from the body She removed her glasses and rubbed her eyes. See related entries: The fashion world
  3. 3  to get rid of something unpleasant, dirty, etc.; to make something disappear remove something She has had the tumour removed. to remove problems/obstacles/objections remove something from somebody/something The news removed any doubts about the company's future. It was impossible to remove the stain from the tablecloth.
  4. 4  remove somebody from something to dismiss somebody from their position or job The elections removed the government from power.
  5. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from the Old French stem remov-, from Latin removere, from re- ‘back’ + movere ‘to move’.Extra examples Bee stings should be removed with tweezers. By producing an heir, the Queen effectively removed her cousin’s hopes of succeeding to the throne. Fittings should be completely removed for cleaning. She removed the dirty dishes from the table. The old cladding can be easily removed using a claw hammer. The proposed law would remove at a stroke the long-cherished right to trial by jury. These stains can be difficult to remove. Translation software should effectively remove all barriers to communication between people. Unsightly moles can be removed surgically. people who have been forcibly removed from their homes A subsequent agreement removed the major obstacles to negotiations. After his arrest on corruption charges, he was immediately removed as party president. Only the college’s governing body can remove him from office. The news removed any doubts about the company’s future. The shareholders of a company have the power to remove the board. the best way to remove stainsIdioms
    be far/further/furthest removed from something
     
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    to be very different from something; to not be connected with something Many of these books are far removed from the reality of the children's lives.
    once, twice, etc. removed
     
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    (of a cousin) belonging to a different generation He's my cousin's son so he's my first cousin once removed.
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