AskDefine | Define eliminate

Dictionary Definition



1 terminate or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics" [syn: get rid of, do away with]
2 do away with [syn: obviate, rid of] [ant: necessitate]
3 kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population" [syn: annihilate, extinguish, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off]
4 dismiss from consideration; "John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi"; "This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration" [syn: rule out, reject]
5 eliminate from the body; "Pass a kidney stone" [syn: excrete, egest, pass]
6 remove from a contest or race; "The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race"
7 remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To completely destroy (something) so that it no longer exists.
  2. To kill (a person or animal).
  3. To excrete (waste products).


completely destroy



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, eliminare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, eliminare#Italian|eliminare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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