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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
re•move /rɪˈmuv/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -moved, -mov•ing. 
  1. to move or shift from a place or position:removed her hands from the steering wheel.
  2. to take off;
    shed:to remove one's jacket.
  3. to dismiss from a position;
    discharge:removed her from her job.
  4. to eliminate;
    do away with or put an end to:to remove the threat of danger.
  5. to kill;
    assassinate:He removed most of his rivals to the throne.
re•mov•a•ble, adj. See -mov-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
re•move  (ri mo̅o̅v),USA pronunciation v.,  -moved, -mov•ing, n. 
  1. to move from a place or position;
    take away or off:to remove the napkins from the table.
  2. to take off or shed (an article of clothing):to remove one's jacket.
  3. to move or shift to another place or position;
    transfer:She removed the painting to another wall.
  4. to put out;
    send away:to remove a tenant.
  5. to dismiss or force from a position or office;
    discharge:They removed him for embezzling.
  6. to take away, withdraw, or eliminate:to remove the threat of danger.
  7. to get rid of;
    do away with;
    put an end to:to remove a stain; to remove the source of disease.
  8. to kill;

  1. to move from one place to another, esp. to another locality or residence:We remove to Newport early in July.
  2. to go away;

  1. the act of removing.
  2. a removal from one place, as of residence, to another.
  3. the distance by which one person, place, or thing is separated from another:to see something at a remove.
  4. a mental distance from the reality of something as a result of psychological detachment or lack of experience:to criticize something at a remove.
  5. a degree of difference, as that due to descent, transmission, etc.:a folk survival, at many removes, of a druidic rite.
  6. a step or degree, as in a graded scale.
  7. British Termsa promotion of a pupil to a higher class or division at school.
  • Latin removēre. See re-, move
  • Old French remouvoir
  • Middle English removen (verb, verbal) 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dislodge.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged displace, transport.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged murder.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged leave.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged remain.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

remove /rɪˈmuːv/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to take away and place elsewhere
  2. to displace (someone) from office; dismiss
  3. to do away with (a grievance, cause of anxiety, etc); abolish
  4. euphemistic to assassinate; kill
  5. (intransitive) formal to change the location of one's home or place of business
  1. the act of removing, esp (formal) a removal of one's residence or place of work
  2. the degree of difference separating one person, thing, or condition from another: only one remove from madness
  3. Brit (in certain schools) a class or form, esp one for children of about 14 years, designed to introduce them to the greater responsibilities of a more senior position in the school
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French removoir, from Latin removēre; see move

reˈmovable adj reˌmovaˈbility, reˈmovableness n reˈmover n


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