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eliminate (v.)

1560s, "to thrust out, remove, throw out of doors," from Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare "thrust out of doors, expel," from ex limine "off the threshold," from ex "off, out" (see ex-) + limine, ablative of limen "threshold" (see limit (n.)).

Used literally at first; the sense of "exclude, throw aside, or disregard as undesirable or unnecessary" is attested by 1714; the sense of "expel waste from the body" is by c. 1795. Related: Eliminated; eliminating; eliminative; eliminatory.

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Definitions of eliminate from WordNet

eliminate (v.)
terminate, end, or take out;
Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics
eliminate my debts
Synonyms: extinguish / get rid of / do away with
eliminate (v.)
do away with;
Synonyms: obviate / rid of
eliminate (v.)
kill in large numbers;
Synonyms: annihilate / extinguish / eradicate / wipe out / decimate / carry off
eliminate (v.)
dismiss from consideration or a contest;
This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration
Synonyms: rule out / winnow out / reject
eliminate (v.)
eliminate from the body;
Synonyms: excrete / egest / pass
eliminate (v.)
remove from a contest or race;
The cyclist has eliminated all the competitors in the race
eliminate (v.)
remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations;
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