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

      

    eliminate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they eliminate
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪt//
     
    he / she / it eliminates
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪts//
     
    past simple eliminated
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    past participle eliminated
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form eliminating
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪmɪneɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to remove or get rid of something/somebody 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 out All the English teams were eliminated in the early stages of the competition. She was eliminated from the tournament in the first round.
  3. 3eliminate somebody (formal) to kill somebody, especially an enemy or opponent Most of the regime's left-wing opponents were eliminated.
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘drive out’): from Latin eliminat- ‘turned out of doors’, from the verb eliminare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + limen, limin- ‘threshold’.Extra examples The risk cannot be eliminated altogether. The single market is designed to eliminate barriers to free movement. The single market is designed to eliminate barriers to the free movement of goods, services and people. This procedure does not completely eliminate the possibility of an accident. Try to eliminate fatty foods from your diet. a policy that they claim will eventually eliminate corruption in the industry He was later released after being eliminated from the enquiry. Malaria was eliminated as a cause of death. Most of the regime’s left-wing opponents were eliminated. They attempted to eliminate him as a political rival. Transmissions of the disease through this route have virtually been eliminated. We can only be certain once we have eliminated every other possible explanation.
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