Meaning of “delete” in the English Dictionary

"delete" in British English

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deleteverb [ I or T ]

uk /dɪˈliːt/ 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 possible answers. Please delete (= draw a line through them) as appropriate.

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  • All names have been deleted from the report.
  • I deleted the file by accident.
  • All swear words were deleted from the text.
  • I deleted the entire paragraph.
  • They have deleted a clause in the contract which says the company can make people redundant for economic reasons.

(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 electronic text:

[ T ] She accidentally deleted one of her computer files.
[ 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 /dɪˈliːt/ us

to remove something that is written or printed in a document, etc.:

The new law had inadvertently deleted a section of existing labor law 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 remove data, 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 /dɪˈliːt/ us also delete button, delete key, abbreviation Del

IT a key on a computer keyboard that you press to remove data:

If you receive any suspicious emails, just hit delete.

(Definition of “delete” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)