AskDefine | Define remove

Dictionary Definition

remove n : degree of figurative distance or separation; "just one remove from madness" or "it imitates at many removes a Shakespearean tragedy";

Verb

1 remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, taking off, etc. or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment" [syn: take, take away, withdraw]
2 remove from a position or an office
3 dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood" [syn: get rid of]
4 cause to leave; "The teacher took the children out of the classroom" [syn: take out, move out]
5 shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes; "He removed his children to the countryside"; "Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city"; "remove a case to another court" [syn: transfer]
6 go away or leave; "He absented himself" [syn: absent]
7 kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: murder, slay, hit, dispatch, bump off, polish off]
8 get rid of something abstract; "The death of her mother removed the last obstacle to their marriage"; "God takes away your sins" [syn: take away]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To move something from one place to another, especially to take away
    He removed the marbles from the bag.
  2. To murder someone
  3. , To dismiss a batsman
  4. To change one's residence

Translations

to take away

Derived terms

Noun

  1. The act of removing something, especially removing a dish at a meal in order to replace it with the next course
  2. A dish thus replaced, or the replacement
  3. (at some public schools) A division of the school, especially the form prior to last
  4. A step or gradation (as in the phrase "at one remove")

References

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

Extensive Definition

Remove or remover may refer to:
See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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