Meaning of REMOVE in English


I. rə̇ˈmüv, rēˈ- verb

Etymology: Middle English removen, remeven, from Old French remouvoir, removoir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move — more at move

transitive verb

1. : to change or shift the location, position, station, or residence of (as in order to reestablish) : shift , transfer — usually used with to and specified place

remove the troops to the front

remove the family to the seashore

specifically : to transfer (a pending case) for original hearing or trial from one court to another in the same or another jurisdiction — compare removal of causes

2. : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off : put aside, apart, or elsewhere

removes his hat in the house

remove a book from a shelf to examine it

3. : to force (one) to leave a place or to go away: as

a. : to dismiss from office

b. : assassinate

c. : to take away by death

4. : to get rid of as though by moving : eradicate , eliminate

remove the causes of poverty

intransitive verb

1. : to change location, station, or residence

remove from their town house to the country

2. : to go away : disappear , depart

3. : to be capable of being removed

a bottle cap that removes easily

Synonyms: see move

II. noun

( -s )


a. : removal ; specifically : the transfer of one's business or of one's domestic belongings from one location or dwelling house to another : move

b. archaic : the act of removing a horse's shoe to dress the hoof

c. Britain : a change of dishes during a meal

d. Britain : promotion of a pupil to the next form


a. : a distance (as a space, time, or divergence of state) separating one person or thing from another : distance apart or away

at a short remove upon the same platform was an officer — Ambrose Bierce

her poems … work best at a slight remove from the personal — Richard Wilbur


(1) : a degree distant (as in derivation or relationship) : a grade or stage of separation from the immediate or direct : a step apart or away

such a popular song … simply repeats, at many removes, a motif of the conventional behavior of the courtly lover — R.A.Hall b.1911

a primary and intense experience … which men at best know only at second remove — M.F.A.Montagu

— compare firsthand

(2) : a degree of lineal consanguinity : a generation removed

only at one remove from the villager — G.M.Trevelyan

the sixteen sire lines … of these famous racehorses at the fourth remove — Dennis Craig

3. obsolete : absence

4. : an intermediate form between two others in an English school

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