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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove by striking out or canceling: deleted some unnecessary words in the first draft. See Synonyms at erase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of Delete.
  • v. To remove, get rid of or erase, especially written or printed material, or data on a computer.
  • v. To hide, conceal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To blot out; to erase; to expunge; to dele; to omit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To blot out; expunge; erase.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cut or eliminate
  • v. remove or make invisible
  • v. wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information

Etymologies

Latin dēlēre, dēlēt-, to wipe out.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deletus, past participle of delere ("destroy, blot out, efface"), from delevi, originally perf. tense of delinere ("to daub, erase by smudging"), from de- ("from, away") + linere ("to smear, wipe"). (Wiktionary)

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