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Meaning of remove by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-Norman remuver, removeir, from Old French remouvoir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre ( “to move” )


    • IPA: /ɹɪˈmuːv/
    • Rhymes: -uːv


    remove ( third-person singular simple present removes present participle removing, simple past and past participle removed )

    1. ( transitive ) To move something from one place to another, especially to take away .
      He removed the marbles from the bag .
    2. ( transitive ) To murder someone .
    3. ( cricket ),( transitive ) To dismiss a batsman .
    4. ( transitive ) To discard, set aside ( a thought, feeling etc. ).
    5. ( intransitive, now rare ) To depart, leave.
    6. ( intransitive ) To change one's residence.


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    remove ( plural: removes )

    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. ( UK ) ( 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" )
    5. Distance in time or space

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Explanation of remove by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

    2. remove a threat
      remove a wrapper
      Remove the dirty dishes from the table
    3. go away or leave

    4. get rid of something abstract

    5. The death of her mother removed the last obstacle to their marriage
    6. shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes

    7. He removed his children to the countryside
      Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city
      remove a case to another court
    8. dispose of

    9. remove from a position or an office

    10. cause to leave

    11. kill intentionally and with premeditation

    1. degree of figurative distance or separation

    2. just one remove from madnessor it imitates at many removes a Shakespearean tragedy

    Definition of remove by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Remove ( r?-m??v ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Removed ( -m??vd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Removing.] [OF. removoir, remouvoir, L. removere, remotum; pref. re- re- + movere to move. See Move.]
      1. To move away from the position occupied; to cause to change place; to displace; as, “to remove a building”.

      Thou shalt not remove thy neighbor's landmark. Deut. xix. 14.

      When we had dined, to prevent the ladies' leaving us, I generally ordered the table to be removed. Goldsmith.

      2. To cause to leave a person or thing; to cause to cease to be; to take away; hence, to banish; to destroy; to put an end to; to kill; as, “to remove a disease”. “King Richard thus removed.” Shak.

      3. To dismiss or discharge from office; as, “the President removed many postmasters”.

      ☞ See the Note under Remove, v. i.

    2. Remove ( r?-m??v ), v. i. To change place in any manner, or to make a change in place; to move or go from one residence, position, or place to another.

      Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane,

      I can not taint with fear. Shak.

      ☞ The verb remove, in some of its application, is synonymous with move, but not in all. Thus we do not apply remove to a mere change of posture, without a change of place or the seat of a thing. A man moves his head when he turns it, or his finger when he bends it, but he does not remove it. Remove usually or always denotes a change of place in a body, but we never apply it to a regular, continued course or motion. We never say the wind or water, or a ship, removes at a certain rate by the hour; but we say a ship was removed from one place in a harbor to another. Move is a generic term, including the sense of remove, which is more generally applied to a change from one station or permanent position, stand, or seat, to another station.

    3. Remove, n.
      1. The act of removing; a removal.

      This place should be at once both school and university, not needing a remove to any other house of scholarship. Milton.

      And drags at each remove a lengthening chain. Goldsmith.

      2. The transfer of one's business, or of one's domestic belongings, from one location or dwelling house to another; -- in the United States usually called a move.

      It is an English proverb that three removes are as bad as a fire. J. H. Newman.

      3. The state of being removed. Locke.

      4. That which is removed, as a dish removed from table to make room for something else.

      5. The distance or space through which anything is removed; interval; distance; stage; hence, a step or degree in any scale of gradation; specifically, a division in an English public school; as, “the boy went up two removes last year”.

      A freeholder is but one remove from a legislator. Addison.

      6. ( Far. ) The act of resetting a horse's shoe. Swift.