verb (used with object), e·lim·i·nat·ed, e·lim·i·nat·ing.
- to remove or get rid of, especially as being in some way undesirable: to eliminate risks; to eliminate hunger.
- to omit, especially as being unimportant or irrelevant; leave out: I have eliminated all statistical tables, which are of interest only to the specialist.
- to remove from further consideration or competition, especially by defeating in a contest.
- to eradicate or kill: to eliminate the enemy.
- Physiology. to void or expel from an organism.
- Mathematics. to remove (a quantity) from an equation by elimination.
- to remove or take out; get rid of
- to reject as trivial or irrelevant; omit from consideration
- to remove (a competitor, team, etc) from a contest, usually by defeat
- slang to murder in a cold-blooded manner
- physiol to expel (waste matter) from the body
- maths to remove (an unknown variable) from two or more simultaneous equations
1560s, from Latin eliminatus, past participle of eliminare “thrust out of doors, expel,” from ex limine “off the threshold,” from ex “off, out” (see ex-) + limine, ablative of limen “threshold” (see limit (n.)).
Used literally at first; sense of “exclude” first attested 1714; sense of “expel waste from the body” is c.1795. Related: Eliminated; eliminating; eliminative; eliminatory.