eliminate Definition

  • 1to completely remove or get rid of something
  • 2to defeat someone so that they cannot continue in a competition

Using eliminate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "eliminate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company plans to eliminate all single-use plastics by the end of the year.

  • Example

    The team was eliminated from the tournament after losing the final match.

  • Example

    The new security measures aim to eliminate the risk of theft.

eliminate Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for eliminate

Phrases with eliminate

  • to reduce or remove unnecessary or unwanted materials or substances


    The factory implemented new procedures to eliminate waste and increase efficiency.

  • a round in a competition where participants are eliminated until only a few remain


    The elimination round of the spelling bee was particularly challenging.

  • a diet that involves removing certain foods from one's diet to identify food allergies or intolerances


    She went on an elimination diet to determine which foods were causing her digestive issues.

Origins of eliminate

from Latin 'e-' meaning 'out' + 'liminare' meaning 'threshold'


Summary: eliminate in Brief

To 'eliminate' [ɪˈlɪmɪneɪt] means to completely remove or get rid of something, such as waste or a risk. It can also refer to defeating someone in a competition, as in 'The team was eliminated from the tournament.' Other phrases include 'elimination round,' and 'elimination diet,' which is a dietary approach to identifying food allergies.

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