The author looked at the computer screen in horror. With one keystroke she had deleted her entire manuscript. Delete means to erase.

Delete has its roots in Latin and was first used to mean destroy. In modern usage, delete means to remove completely. Delete used in writing means to edit by removing, often done by drawing a line through the text to be deleted . This process is also called “blue-penciling,” due to the use of the blue colored pencil that some editors use.

Definitions of delete

v cut or eliminate

blue-pencil, edit
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subject to political, religious, or moral censorship

v remove or make invisible

“Please delete my name from your list”
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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
erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
cut out, scratch out
strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out
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remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information

record, tape
register electronically
demagnetise, demagnetize
erase (a magnetic storage device)
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take away, take out
take out or remove

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