verb (used with object), de·let·ed, de·let·ing.
- to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge.
- (tr) to remove (something printed or written); erase; cancel; strike out
late 15c., “destroy, eradicate,” from Latin deletus, past participle of delere “destroy, blot out, efface,” from delevi, originally perfective tense of delinere “to daub, erase by smudging” (as of the wax on a writing table), from de- “from, away” (see de-) + linere “to smear, wipe” (see lime (n.1)). In English, specifically of written matter, from c.1600. Related: Deleted; deleting.