Dictionary > Eliminate


1. To put out of doors; to expel; to discharge; to release; to set at liberty. Eliminate my spirit, give it range through provinces of thought yet unexplored. (Young)
2. (Science: mathematics) to cause to disappear from an equation; as, to eliminate an unknown quantity.
3. To set aside as unimportant in a process of inductive inquiry; to leave out of consideration. Eliminate errors that have been gathering and accumulating. (Lowth)
4. To obtain by separating, as from foreign matters; to deduce; as, to eliminate an idea or a conclusion.
5. (Science: physiology) to separate; to expel from the system; to excrete; as, the kidneys eliminate urea, the lungs carbonic acid; to eliminate poison from the system.
Origin: L. Eliminatus, p. P. Of eliminare; e out – limen threshold; prob. Akin to limes boundary. See limit.

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