Etymology
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delete (v.)

"destroy, eradicate," 1530s, from Latin deletus, past participle of delere "destroy, blot out, efface," from delevi, originally perfective tense of delinere "to daub, erase by smudging" (as of the wax on a writing table), from de "from, away" (see de-) + linere "to smear, wipe," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky" (see slime (n.)). In English, specifically in reference to written matter from c. 1600. Related: Deleted; deleting.

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Definitions of delete

delete (v.)
remove or make invisible;
Please delete my name from your list
Synonyms: cancel
delete (v.)
wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information;
Synonyms: erase
delete (v.)
cut or eliminate;
Synonyms: edit / blue-pencil
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