Definition of


  1. (verb, contact) remove or make invisible
  2. (verb, communication) wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information
  3. (verb, change) cut or eliminate

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Synonyms of Delete

blue-pencil, cancel, edit, erase

Alternate forms of Delete

Derivations: deletion

Hyponyms: demagnetise, demagnetize, efface, erase, excise, expunge, rub out, score out, scratch, strike, wipe off

Hypernyms: censor, remove, take, take away, take out, withdraw

Origin of the word Delete

  1. late 15c., from L. deletus, pp. of delere "destroy, blot out, efface," from delevi, originally perf. tense of delinere "to daub, erase by smudging," from de- "from, away" + linere "to smear, wipe." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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