- 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.
- 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.
- 3eliminate somebody (formal) to kill somebody, especially an enemy or opponent Most of the regime's left-wing opponents were eliminated. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘drive out’): from Latin eliminat-
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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//