- remote; separate; not connected with; distinct from.
- distant by a given number of degrees of descent or kinship: A first cousin once removed is the child of one’s first cousin or the first cousin of one’s parent. The grandchildren of one’s first cousin are one’s first cousins twice removed.
verb (used with object), re·moved, re·mov·ing.
- to move from a place or position; take away or off: to remove the napkins from the table.
- to take off or shed (an article of clothing): to remove one’s jacket.
- to move or shift to another place or position; transfer: She removed the painting to another wall.
- to put out; send away: to remove a tenant.
- to dismiss or force from a position or office; discharge: They removed him for embezzling.
- to take away, withdraw, or eliminate: to remove the threat of danger.
- to get rid of; do away with; put an end to: to remove a stain; to remove the source of disease.
- to kill; assassinate.
verb (used without object), re·moved, re·mov·ing.
- to move from one place to another, especially to another locality or residence: We remove to Newport early in July.
- to go away; depart; disappear.
- the act of removing.
- a removal from one place, as of residence, to another.
- the distance by which one person, place, or thing is separated from another: to see something at a remove.
- a mental distance from the reality of something as a result of psychological detachment or lack of experience: to criticize something at a remove.
- a degree of difference, as that due to descent, transmission, etc.: a folk survival, at many removes, of a druidic rite.
- a step or degree, as in a graded scale.
- British. a promotion of a pupil to a higher class or division at school.
- separated by distance or abstract distinction
- (postpositive) separated by a degree of descent or kinshipthe child of a person’s first cousin is his first cousin once removed
verb (mainly tr)
- to take away and place elsewhere
- to displace (someone) from office; dismiss
- to do away with (a grievance, cause of anxiety, etc); abolish
- to cause (dirt, stains, or anything unwanted) to disappear; get rid of
- euphemistic to assassinate; kill
- (intr) formal to change the location of one’s home or place of businessthe publishers have removed to Mayfair
- the act of removing, esp (formal) a removal of one’s residence or place of work
- the degree of difference separating one person, thing, or condition from anotheronly one remove from madness
- British (in certain schools) a class or form, esp one for children of about 14 years, designed to introduce them to the greater responsibilities of a more senior position in the school
- (at a formal dinner, formerly) a dish to be changed while the rest of the course remains on the table
“distant in relationship” (by some expressed degree), 1540s, from past participle of remove (v.). Meaning “remote, separated, secluded” is from 1610s.
early 14c., “move, take away, dismiss,” from Old French removoir “move, stir; leave, depart; take away,” from Latin removere “move back or away, take away, put out of view, subtract,” from re- “back, away” (see re-) + movere “to move” (see move (v.)). Related: Removed; removing.
1550s, “act of removing,” from remove (v.). Sense of “distance or space by which any thing is removed from another” is attested from 1620s.