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ELIMINATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does eliminate mean? 

ELIMINATE (verb)
  The verb ELIMINATE has 7 senses:

1. terminate or take out
2. do away with
3. kill in large numbers
4. dismiss from consideration or a contest
5. eliminate from the body
6. remove from a contest or race
7. remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations

  Familiarity information: ELIMINATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELIMINATE (verb)


Sense 1eliminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Terminate or take out

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

eliminate; do away with; get rid of

Context example:

Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics

Hypernyms (to "eliminate" is one way to...):

destroy; destruct (do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "eliminate"):

except; exclude; leave off; leave out; omit; take out (prevent from being included or considered or accepted)

extinguish; snuff out (put an end to; kill)

cut; prune; rationalise; rationalize (weed out unwanted or unnecessary things)

cut out (delete or remove)

drown (get rid of as if by submerging)

knock out (eliminate)

obliterate (do away with completely, without leaving a trace)

decouple (eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive))

decouple (reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another))

cancel out; wipe out (wipe out the effect of something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2eliminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do away with

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

obviate; rid of; eliminate

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "eliminate"):

close out; preclude; rule out (make impossible, especially beforehand)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3eliminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill in large numbers

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

annihilate; eradicate; wipe out; decimate; eliminate; carry off; extinguish

Context example:

the plague wiped out an entire population

Hypernyms (to "eliminate" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to eliminate the prisoners


Sense 4eliminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dismiss from consideration or a contest

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

winnow out; rule out; eliminate; reject

Context examples:

John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi / This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5eliminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Eliminate from the body

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

egest; excrete; eliminate; pass

Context example:

Pass a kidney stone

Hypernyms (to "eliminate" is one way to...):

discharge; eject; expel; release (eliminate (substances) from the body)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "eliminate"):

perspire; sudate; sweat (excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin)

barf; be sick; cast; cat; chuck; disgorge; honk; puke; purge; regorge; regurgitate; retch; sick; spew; spue; throw up; upchuck; vomit; vomit up (eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth)

ca-ca; crap; defecate; make; shit; stool; take a crap; take a shit (have a bowel movement)

empty; evacuate; void (excrete or discharge from the body)

urinate (pass after the manner of urine)

make; make water; micturate; pass water; pee; pee-pee; piddle; piss; puddle; relieve oneself; spend a penny; take a leak; urinate; wee; wee-wee (eliminate urine)

exudate; exude; ooze; ooze out; transude (release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6eliminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove from a contest or race

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race

Hypernyms (to "eliminate" is one way to...):

beat; beat out; crush; shell; trounce; vanquish (come out better in a competition, race, or conflict)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7eliminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "eliminate" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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