eliminate

As eliminate means "get rid of or do away with," it has become used to refer to the end of a problem or even an entire species. We need to eliminate sources of pollution in order to maintain a healthy world.

The original literal meaning of eliminate was "to thrust over the threshold and out of doors, to kick out," but the 18th century saw the word expand to mean "to exclude," and later to ridding the body of waste. The verb then came to refer to getting rid of anything, such as a problem or foul odor. The word took an ominous turn in the 20th century, when we saw man-made pollution eliminate whole species, and war, hate, and famine nearly eliminate whole groups of people.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: eliminate

1
v
terminate, end, or take out
2
v
eliminate from the body
3
v
kill in large numbers
4
v
remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: eliminate
1

v terminate, end, or take out

“Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics”
eliminate my debts”
Synonyms:
do away with, extinguish, get rid of
Types:
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cancel out, wipe out
wipe out the effect of something
decouple
reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)
decouple
eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)
obliterate
do away with completely, without leaving a trace
knock out
eliminate
drown
get rid of as if by submerging
cut out
delete or remove
cut, prune, rationalise, rationalize
weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
extinguish, snuff out
put an end to; kill
except, exclude, leave off, leave out, omit, take out
prevent from being included or considered or accepted
excise
remove by cutting
stamp
destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot
elide
leave or strike out
put out, smother
deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

v do away with

Synonyms:
obviate, rid of
Antonyms:
ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
require as useful, just, or proper
claim, exact, take
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
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close out, preclude, rule out
make impossible, especially beforehand

v dismiss from consideration or a contest

“This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration”
Synonyms:
reject, rule out, winnow out

v remove from a contest or race

“The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race”
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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v eliminate from the body

Synonyms:
egest, excrete, pass
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perspire, sudate, sweat
excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin
exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
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
urinate
pass after the manner of urine
empty, evacuate, void
excrete or discharge from the body
ca-ca, crap, defecate, make, shit, stool, take a crap, take a shit
have a bowel movement
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
distil, distill
give off (a liquid)
fume, reek
be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
transpire
give off (water) through the skin
extravasate
geology: cause molten material, such as lava, to pour forth
stream
exude profusely
gum
exude or form gum
release, secrete
generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
swelter
suffer from intense heat
wet
make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating
stale
urinate, of cattle and horses
suction
empty or clean (a body cavity) by the force of suction
dung
defecate; used of animals
froth
exude or expel foam
Type of:
discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
eliminate (a substance)
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v kill in large numbers

Synonyms:
annihilate, carry off, decimate, eradicate, extinguish, wipe out
decimate
kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
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v remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations

Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
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