Meaning of ELIMINATE in English


e ‧ lim ‧ i ‧ nate AC /ɪˈlɪməneɪt, ɪˈlɪmɪneɪt/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ eliminate ; noun : ↑ elimination ]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: eliminatus , past participle of eliminare 'to put out of doors' ]

1 . to completely get rid of something that is unnecessary or unwanted ⇨ eradicate

eliminate a need/possibility/risk/problem etc

The credit card eliminates the need for cash or cheques.

There is no solution that will totally eliminate the possibility of theft.

eliminate something/somebody from something

Fatty foods should be eliminated from the diet.


In everyday English, people usually say get rid of rather than eliminate :

It is almost impossible to get rid of the problem.

2 . [usually passive] to defeat a team or person in a competition, so that they no longer take part in it SYN knock out :

Our team was eliminated in the first round.

3 . to kill someone in order to prevent them from causing trouble:

a ruthless dictator who eliminated all his rivals

4 . eliminate somebody from your enquiries British English if the police eliminate someone from their enquiries, they decide that that person did not commit a particular crime

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.