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Meaning of “delete” in the English Dictionary

"delete" in British English

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deleteverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈliːt/
B1 to ​remove or ​draw a ​line through something, ​especially a written word or words: They ​insisted that all ​expletives be deleted from the ​article. Here is a ​list of ​possibleanswers. Please delete (= ​draw a ​line through them) as ​appropriate.

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(Definition of delete from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"delete" in American English

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deleteverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈlit/
to ​remove (​part or all of) a written or ​electronictext: [T] She ​accidentally deleted one of her ​computerfiles. [T] The ​editor deleted the last three ​paragraphs.
(Definition of delete from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"delete" in Business English

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deleteverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈliːt/
to ​remove something that is written or ​printed in a ​document, etc.: The new ​law had inadvertently deleted a ​section of existing ​laborlaw that dealt with ​overtime for ​employees who ​work more than 40 ​hours a week.delete sth from sth Lawyers deleted all ​names and other ​identifying details from the ​documents.
IT to ​removedata, ​documents, ​programs, etc. from a ​computer: How many ​times have you deleted an ​email, ​file, or ​document and then regretted it?the delete button/key Highlighting a ​page and ​hitting the delete ​button is very ​easy.
COMMERCE to ​stop making or ​selling a particular ​product: There is a lot of ​pressure on ​publishers to delete ​stock. Many of these wonderful recordings had been deleted because they were unlikely to ​sell any more ​copies.

deletenoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪˈliːt/ (also delete button, delete key, abbreviation Del)
IT a ​key on a ​computerkeyboard that you ​press to ​removedata: If you receive any suspicious ​emails, just hit delete.
(Definition of delete from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “delete”
in Korean 삭제하다…
in Arabic يَشْطُب…
in Malaysian potong…
in French rayer…
in Russian удалять (из памяти компьютера)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 刪除,刪去(尤指文字)…
in Italian eliminare, cancellare…
in Turkish silmek, yok etmek…
in Polish usuwać…
in Spanish suprimir, tachar…
in Vietnamese xóa bỏ…
in Portuguese apagar, suprimir…
in Thai ตัดออก…
in German streichen…
in Catalan suprimir…
in Japanese ~を消す, ~を削除する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 删除,删去,划掉(尤指文字)…
in Indonesian menghapus…
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