Definitions

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.

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  • 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

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

Latin dēlēre, dēlēt-, to wipe out.

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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").

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