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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-leet]
    • /dɪˈlit/
    • /dɪˈliːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-leet]
    • /dɪˈlit/

Definitions of delete word

  • verb delete If you delete something that has been written down or stored in a computer, you cross it out or remove it. 3
  • verb delete to remove (something printed or written); erase; cancel; strike out 3
  • verb transitive delete to take out (a printed or written letter, word, etc.); cross out 3
  • verb with object delete to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge. 1
  • noun delete Remove or obliterate (written or printed matter ), especially by drawing a line through it or marking it with a delete sign. 1
  • transitive verb delete remove 1

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Origin of delete

First appearance:

before 1485
One of the 25% oldest English words
1485-95; < Latin dēlētus (past participle of dēlēre to destroy), equivalent to dēl- destroy + -ē- thematic vowel + -tus past participle suffix

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Parts of speech for Delete


delete popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

delete usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for delete

verb delete

  • wipe out — an act of wiping: He gave a few quick wipes to the furniture.
  • annul — If an election or a contract is annulled, it is declared invalid, so that legally it is considered never to have existed.
  • edit — to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of.
  • omit — to leave out; fail to include or mention: to omit a name from a list.
  • destroy — To destroy something means to cause so much damage to it that it is completely ruined or does not exist any more.

Antonyms for delete

verb delete

  • create — To create something means to cause it to happen or exist.
  • construct — to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain requirements are satisfied
  • include — to contain, as a whole does parts or any part or element: The package includes the computer, program, disks, and a manual.
  • welcome — a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.
  • dirty — soiled with dirt; foul; unclean: dirty laundry.

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