eliminate

\ \ [16] To eliminate somebody is literally to ‘kick them out of doors’. The word comes from the past participle of Latin ēlīnāre, a compound verb formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and līmenthreshhold’ (source also of English subliminal and probably sublime). At first it was used in English with its original Latin sense (‘the secounde sorte thearfore, that eliminate Poets out of their citie gates’, Giles Fletcher, Christ’s Victorie 1610), and it was not until the early 18th century that the more general modern notion of ‘exclusion’ began to develop.
\ \ Cf.SUBLIME, SUBLIMINAL

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  • Eliminate — E*lim i*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eliminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eliminating}.] [L. eliminatus, p. p. of eliminare; e out + limen threshold; prob. akin to limes boundary. See {Limit}.] 1. To put out of doors; to expel; to discharge; to release;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eliminate — e‧lim‧i‧nate [ɪˈlɪmneɪt] verb [transitive] to get rid of something unnecessary or unwanted: • The company plans to eliminate 2,100 jobs. • The administration s goal was to eliminate all spending restrictions on federal grants. * * * eliminate UK …   Financial and business terms

  • eliminate — I (eradicate) verb abolish, annihilate, blot out, cancel, clear out, consume, cut out, decimate, delete, demolish, deracinate, desolate, destroy, devour, dispatch, dispose of, dissolve, do away with, efface, end, erase, evacuate, expunge,… …   Law dictionary

  • eliminate — 1560s, from L. eliminatus, pp. of eliminare thrust out of doors, expel, from ex limine off the threshold, from ex off, out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + limine, ablative of limen threshold. Used literally at first; sense of exclude first attested 1714;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • eliminate — rule out, *exclude, debar, blackball, disbar, suspend,shut out Analogous words: *eject, oust, dismiss, expel, evict: eradicate, extirpate, *exterminate, uproot, wipe: expunge, *erase, delete, efface …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • eliminate — [v] remove, throw out annihilate, blot out*, bump off*, cancel, cast out, count out, cut out, defeat, discard, discharge, dismiss, dispense with, dispose of, disqualify, disregard, do away with, drive out, drop, eject, eradicate, erase, evict,… …   New thesaurus

  • eliminate — ► VERB 1) completely remove or get rid of. 2) reject or exclude from consideration or further participation. DERIVATIVES elimination noun eliminator noun. ORIGIN Latin eliminare turn out of doors …   English terms dictionary

  • eliminate — [ē lim′ə nāt΄, ilim′ə nāt΄] vt. eliminated, eliminating [< L eliminatus, pp. of eliminare, to turn out of doors, banish < e , out + limen, threshold (akin to limes, boundary) < IE base * (e)lei , to bend > LIMB1] 1. to take out;… …   English World dictionary

  • eliminate — 01. The government has been cutting budgets in various departments in an effort to [eliminate] the deficit. 02. The Brazilian team will be [eliminated] from the World Cup competition if they lose tomorrow s game. 03. André Agassi faces… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • eliminate — verb ADVERB ▪ altogether, completely, entirely, totally ▪ The risk cannot be eliminated altogether. ▪ This procedure does not completely eliminate the possibility of an accident. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • eliminate — e|lim|i|nate [ıˈlımıneıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: eliminatus, past participle of eliminare to put out of doors ] 1.) to completely get rid of something that is unnecessary or unwanted eliminate a need/possibility/risk/problem etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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