Other forms: eliminated; eliminating; eliminates

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.

Definitions of eliminate
  1. verb
    terminate, end, or take out
    “Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics”
    eliminate my debts”
    synonyms: do away with, extinguish, get rid of
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    cancel out, wipe out
    wipe out the effect of something
    reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)
    eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)
    annihilate, obliterate
    do away with completely, without leaving a trace
    knock out
    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
    remove by cutting
    destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot
    leave or strike out
    put out, smother
    deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion
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    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
  2. verb
    do away with
    synonyms: obviate, rid of
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    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
  3. verb
    dismiss from consideration or a contest
    “This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration”
    synonyms: reject, rule out, winnow out
  4. verb
    remove from a contest or race
    “The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race”
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  5. verb
    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
    pass after the manner of urine
    empty, evacuate, void
    excrete or discharge from the body
    ca-ca, defecate, make, stool
    have a bowel movement
    barf, be sick, chuck, disgorge, regurgitate, throw up, 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
    give off (water) through the skin
    geology: cause molten material, such as lava, to pour forth
    exude profusely
    exude or form gum
    release, secrete
    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
    suffer from intense heat
    make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating
    urinate, of cattle and horses
    empty or clean (a body cavity) by the force of suction
    defecate; used of animals
    exude or expel foam
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    discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
    eliminate (a substance)
  6. verb
    kill in large numbers
    synonyms: annihilate, carry off, decimate, eradicate, extinguish, wipe out
    kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
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    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  7. verb
    remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract




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