Meaning of REMOVE in English


v. & n.


1. tr. take off or away from the place or position occupied (remove the top carefully).

2 tr. a move or take to another place; change the situation of (will you remove the tea things?). b get rid of; eliminate (will remove all doubts).

3 tr. cause to be no longer present or available; take away (all privileges were removed).

4 tr. (often foll. by from) dismiss (from office).

5 tr. colloq. kill, assassinate.

6 tr. (in passive; foll. by from) distant or remote in condition (the country is not far removed from anarchy).

7 tr. (as removed adj.) (esp. of cousins) separated by a specified number of steps of descent (a first cousin twice removed a grandchild of a first cousin).

8 formal a intr. (usu. foll. by from, to) change one's home or place of residence. b tr. conduct the removal of.


1. a degree or remoteness; a distance.

2 a stage in a gradation; a degree (is several removes from what I expected).

3 Brit. a form or division in some schools.


removable adj. removability n. remover n. (esp. in sense 8b of v.).

Etymology: ME f. OF removeir f. L removere remot- (as RE-, movere move)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.