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English definition of “eliminate”


verb     /ɪˈlɪm.ɪ.neɪt/
C1 [T] to remove or take away someone or something: A move towards healthy eating could help eliminate heart disease . We eliminated the possibility that it could have been an accident . The police eliminated him from their enquiries .Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere C1 [T often passive] to defeat someone so that they cannot continue in a competition : He was eliminated in the third round of the competition .Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere [T] slang to murder someone: A police officer was accused of helping a drug gang eliminate rivals .Murder and attempted murderKilling
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