remove

You can remove your name from a list, remove a stain from a t-shirt, or remove old furniture from your house. Whatever it is, when you remove something, you take it somewhere else or get rid of it completely.

The verb remove usually means taking something off or getting rid of something. For example, when you take off your coat, you remove it, or when you remove a skillet from the heat, you take it off the burner. Remove can apply to people: a law-breaking politician who is removed from office. As a noun remove indicates distance, such as being at one remove from your cousin, getting all his news from his mother.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: remove

1
v
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
2
v
dispose of
3
n
degree of figurative distance or separation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: remove
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v remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

remove a threat”
remove a wrapper”
Remove the dirty dishes from the table”
Synonyms:
take, take away, withdraw
Types:
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depilate, epilate
remove body hair
harvest
remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation
tip
remove the tip from
stem
remove the stem from
extirpate
surgically remove (an organ)
enucleate
remove (a tumor or eye) from an enveloping sac or cover
exenterate
remove the contents of (an organ)
enucleate
remove the nucleus from (a cell)
decorticate
remove the cortex of (an organ)
bail
remove (water) from a vessel with a container
disinvest, divest, strip, undress
remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
ablate
remove an organ or bodily structure
clean, pick
remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
clean
remove shells or husks from
winnow
blow away or off with a current of air
pick
remove in small bits
clear, clear up
free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
muck
remove muck, clear away muck, as in a mine
lift
remove from a surface
lift
take off or away by decreasing
lift
remove from a seedbed or from a nursery
tear away, tear off
rip off violently and forcefully
take off
take away or remove
take away, take out
take out or remove
pit, stone
remove the pits from
seed
remove the seeds from
unhinge
remove the hinges from
shuck
remove the shucks from
hull
remove the hulls from
crumb
remove crumbs from
chip away, chip away at
remove or withdraw gradually: "These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life"
burl
remove the burls from cloth
knock out
destroy or break forcefully
clean, scavenge
remove unwanted substances from
hypophysectomise, hypophysectomize
remove the pituitary glands
degas
remove gas from
husk, shell
remove the husks from
bur, burr
remove the burrs from
clear away, clear off
remove from sight
flick
remove with a flick (of the hand)
dismantle, strip
take off or remove
strip
remove a constituent from a liquid
clear
remove
defang
remove the fangs from
bone, debone
remove the bones from
disembowel, draw, eviscerate
remove the entrails of
shell
remove from its shell or outer covering
shuck
remove from the shell
detusk, tusk
remove the tusks of animals
dehorn
prevent the growth of horns of certain animals
scalp
remove the scalp of
weed
clear of weeds
condense
remove water from
bail out, bale out
remove (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side
leach, strip
remove substances from by a percolating liquid
decalcify
remove calcium or lime from
detoxicate, detoxify
remove poison from
de-ionate
remove ions from
de-iodinate
remove iodine from
decarbonise, decarbonize, decarburise, decarburize, decoke
remove carbon from (an engine)
delouse
free of lice
ream
remove by making a hole or by boring
brush
remove with or as if with a brush
wash, wash away, wash off, wash out
remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
desorb
remove from a surface on which it is adsorbed
pull
take away
demineralise, demineralize
remove the minerals or salts from
eliminate
remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations
clear out, drive out, expectorate
clear out the chest and lungs
carve out
remove from a larger whole
defuse
remove the triggering device from
dredge
remove with a power shovel, usually from a bottom of a body of water
wear away, wear off
diminish, as by friction
amputate, cut off
remove surgically
eviscerate, resect
surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ
cream, cream off, skim, skim off
remove from the surface
strip
remove the surface from
strip
strip the cured leaves from
descale, scale
remove the scales from
circumcise
cut the foreskin off male babies or teenage boys
undock
take (a ship) out of a dock
cut into, delve, dig, turn over
turn up, loosen, or remove earth
dig, excavate, hollow
remove the inner part or the core of
lift out, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, take up
take out or up with or as if with a scoop
draw out, extract, pull, pull out, pull up, take out
remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
take out
remove something from a container or an enclosed space
unstring
remove the strings from
string
remove the stringy parts of
wipe away, wipe off
remove by wiping
bear away, bear off, carry away, carry off, take away
remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
unveil
remove the cover from
take out, unpack
remove from its packing
disburden, unburden
take the burden off; remove the burden from
empty
remove
discharge
remove the charge from
offsaddle, unsaddle
remove the saddle from
cast, cast off, drop, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off
get rid of
dislodge, free
remove or force out from a position
clean
remove while making clean
aspirate, draw out, suck out
remove as if by suction
cancel, delete
remove or make invisible
lade, laden, ladle
remove with or as if with a ladle
spoon
scoop up or take up with a spoon
gut
remove the guts of
head
remove the head of
draw away, draw off, pull off
remove by drawing or pulling
clean, strip
remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
draw, take out
take liquid out of a container or well
draw, get out, pull, pull out, take out
bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
leach
cause (a liquid) to leach or percolate
draw
cause to flow
draw, draw off, take out, withdraw
remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
exuviate, molt, moult, shed, slough
cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
get undressed
bus
remove used dishes from the table in restaurants
milk
take milk from female mammals
bare, denudate, denude, strip
lay bare
clear-cut
remove all the trees at one time
stump
remove tree stumps from
deforest, disafforest, disforest
remove the trees from
declaw
remove the claws from
dehorn
take the horns off (an animal)
pod
take something out of its shell or pod
lift
remove (hair) by scalping
stub
clear of weeds by uprooting them
kill, obliterate, wipe out
mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
cross off, cross out, mark, strike off, strike out
remove from a list
delete, erase
wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information
bring out, get out
take out of a container or enclosed space
abrade, abrase, corrade, rub down, rub off
wear away
slough off
separate from surrounding living tissue, as in an abortion
abscise
shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue
pare, peel, skin
strip the skin off
bark, skin
remove the bark of a tree
decorticate
remove the outer layer of
furrow, groove, rut
hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove
root, rootle, rout
dig with the snout
spade
dig (up) with a spade
drive
excavate horizontally
ditch, trench
cut a trench in, as for drainage
dip
scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface
shovel
dig with or as if with a shovel
trowel
use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work
squeeze out, wring out
extract (liquid) by squeezing or pressing
demodulate
extract information from a modulated carrier wave
pulp
remove the pulp from, as from a fruit
thread
remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string
deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull, tear
strip of feathers
deterge
wipe away; to wash off or out, cleanse; chiefly in medical use: to clear away foul matter from the body
spirit away
carry away rapidly and secretly, as if mysteriously
spirit away, spirit off
carry off mysteriously; as if by magic
whisk away, whisk off
take away quickly and suddenly
cart away, cart off, haul away, haul off
take away by means of a vehicle
unbox
remove from a box
break out
take from stowage in preparation for use
uncrate
remove from the crate
lighten
reduce the weight on; make lighter
offload, unlade, unload
take the load off (a container or vehicle)
exfoliate
cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
autotomise, autotomize
cause a body part to undergo autotomy
efface, erase, rub out, score out, wipe off
remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
excise, expunge, scratch, strike
remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
slop
ladle clumsily
unsheathe
draw from a sheath or scabbard
pump
draw or pour with a pump
siphon, siphon off, syphon
convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon
sluice
draw through a sluice
tap
draw (liquor) from a tap
suck
draw something in by or as if by a vacuum
rack
draw off from the lees
deglycerolise, deglycerolize
remove from glycerol
burrow, tunnel
move through by or as by digging
check out, cheque
withdraw money by writing a check
dip
take a small amount from
divert, hive off
withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions
overdraw
draw more money from than is available
tap
draw from or dip into to get something
disinvest, divest
reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)

v shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes

“He removed his children to the countryside”
Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city”
remove a case to another court”
Synonyms:
transfer
Type of:
shift, transfer
move around

v remove from a position or an office

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unseat
remove from political office
boot out, drum out, expel, kick out, oust, throw out
remove from a position or office
can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
drop
terminate an association with
pull off
cause to withdraw
winkle out
force from a place or position
invalid
force to retire, remove from active duty, as of firemen
bench
take out of a game; of players
retire
make (someone) retire
pension off
let go from employment with an attractive pension
excommunicate
oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
clean out
force out
furlough, lay off
dismiss, usually for economic reasons
squeeze out
force out
depose, force out
force to leave (an office)
dismiss, drop, send away, send packing
stop associating with

v cause to leave

Synonyms:
move out, take out
Types:
clear
remove (people) from a building
call in
take a player out of a game in order to exchange for another player
estrange
remove from customary environment or associations

v go away or leave

Synonyms:
absent
Type of:
disappear, go away, vanish
get lost, as without warning or explanation
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v dispose of

Synonyms:
get rid of
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cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out
throw or cast away
slough off
discard as undesirable
comb out, weed out
remove unwanted elements
work off
cause to go away through effort or work
cull
remove something that has been rejected
ditch, dump
sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly
unmuzzle
remove the muzzle from (a dog)
de-aerate, deaerate
remove air or gas from
decaffeinate
remove caffeine from (coffee)
decarbonate
remove carbon dioxide from
decerebrate
remove the cerebrum from (a human body)
dechlorinate
remove chlorine from (water)
defat
remove the fat from
defibrinate
remove fibrin from (blood)
degrease
remove grease or oil from (a pan)
deionize
remove ions from
delist
remove (a security) from listing at a stock exchange
delocalize
remove from the proper or usual locality
deoxygenate
remove oxygen from (water)
destain
remove stain from (a laboratory specimen) to enhance contrast
desulfurize, desulphurize
remove sulfur from
detick
free (a pet) of ticks
devein
remove the dark dorsal vein of (a shrimp)
fettle
remove mold marks or sand from (a casting)
flesh
remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture
flense
strip the blubber or skin from (a whale or seal)
kern
remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters)
pith
remove the pith from (a plant)
scum
remove the scum from
unbridle
remove the bridle from (a horse or mule)
unlearn
discard something previously learnt, like an old habit
deep-six, give it the deep six
toss out; get rid of
jettison
throw away, of something encumbering
junk, scrap, trash
dispose of (something useless or old)
waste
get rid of
dump
throw away as refuse
retire
dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
abandon
forsake, leave behind
liquidize, sell out, sell up
get rid of all one's merchandise
de-access
dispose of by selling
close out
terminate by selling off or disposing of

v get rid of something abstract

“The death of her mother removed the last obstacle to their marriage”
Synonyms:
take away
Types:
wash away
eliminate

v kill intentionally and with premeditation

Synonyms:
bump off, dispatch, hit, murder, off, polish off, slay
Types:
burke
murder without leaving a trace on the body
execute
murder in a planned fashion
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
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n degree of figurative distance or separation

“"just one remove from madness" or "it imitates at many removes a Shakespearean tragedy”
Type of:
distance
the property created by the space between two objects or points
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