AskDefine | Define delete

Dictionary Definition



1 remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your list" [syn: cancel]
2 wipe out magnetically recorded information [syn: erase] [ant: record]
3 cut or eliminate; "she edited the juiciest scenes" [syn: edit, blue-pencil]

User Contributed Dictionary



From 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."


  • /dɪˈliːt/ or /dəˈliːt/
  • Rhymes with: -iːt


  1. The deletion key on a computer keyboard.
    I lost the file when I accidentally hit delete.


  1. To remove, get rid of, erase.




To remove

Related terms

Extensive Definition

The term Deletion may have the following specialized meanings: Delete may refer to:
  • Delete key, a key on modern computer keyboards which erases text
  • Delete (SQL), Delete for SQL
  • DEL, the delete control code in the C0 and C1 control codes
  • delete, a built-in operator in the C++ programming language.
  • "Delete", the battle cry of the Cybermen in the 2006 Doctor Who series.
For information on wikipedia's deletion policy please go to the wikipedia help page Wikipedia:Deletion_policy --Justinkaz (talk) 16:05, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
delete in French: Suppression
delete in Chinese: 刪除

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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