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This page has 20 definitions of remove in English, Latin, and Portuguese. Remove is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use remove in a sentence are shown. Also define these 30 related words and terms: delete, move, take away, murder, cricket, dismiss, discard, set aside, abstract, depart, leave, residence, discharge, office, removing, dish, meal, course, division, school, form, step, gradation, Julian calendar, distance, interval, horse, shoe, removeo, and remover.

See also: remové



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



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

  1. (transitive) To delete.
  2. (transitive) To move something from one place to another, especially to take away.
    He removed the marbles from the bag.
    • 1560, Geneva Bible, The Geneva Bible#page/n182 Deuteronomy 19:14:
      Thou ſhalt not remoue thy neighbours marke, which thei of olde time haue ſet in thine inheritance, that thou ſhalt inherit the lãd, which the Lord thy God giueth the to poſſeſſe it.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, in The China Governess[1]:
      Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.
    1. (obsolete, formal) To replace a dish within a course.
      • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
        But Richmond [] appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw [] that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.
  3. (transitive) To murder.
  4. (cricket, transitive) To dismiss a batsman.
    • Cricket definition
      (1 of 5 cricket definitions)
  5. (transitive) To discard, set aside, especially something abstract (a thought, feeling, etc.).
  6. (intransitive, now rare) To depart, leave.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “vj”, in Le Morte Darthur, book V:
      THenne the kynge dyd doo calle syre Gawayne / syre Borce / syr Lyonel and syre Bedewere / and commaunded them to goo strayte to syre Lucius / and saye ye to hym that hastely he remeue oute of my land / And yf he wil not / bydde hym make hym redy to bataylle and not distresse the poure peple
    • Leave definition
      To have a consequence or remnant.
      1. To cause or allow (something) to remain as available; to refrain from taking (something) away; to stop short of consuming or otherwise depleting (something) entirely. (1 of 15 leave definitions)
  7. (intransitive) To change one's residence; to move.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii]:
      Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      Now my life began to be so easy that I began to say to myself that could I but have been safe from more savages, I cared not if I was never to remove from the place where I lived.
    • 1834, David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of, Nebraska 1987, p.20:
      Shortly after this, my father removed, and settled in the same county, about ten miles above Greenville.
    • 1886, Lim, Hiong Seng, Handbook of the Swatow Vernacular, Singapore: Koh Yew Hean Press:
      I am going to remove. / Where are you going to remove to? / I don't know yet. / When will you know?
  8. To dismiss or discharge from office.
    The President removed many postmasters.



Derived terms



remove (plural removes)

  1. The act of removing something.
    • [1644], [John Milton], Of Education. To Master Samuel Hartlib, [London: Printed for Thomas Underhill and/or for Thomas Johnson], OCLC 946735316:
      This place should be at once both school and university, not needing a remove to any other house of scholarship.
    • 1764, Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller
      And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
    • 1761, John Mordant, The Complete Steward:
      There is no tree admits of transplantation so well as the Elm, for a tree of twenty years growth will admit of a remove.
  2. (archaic) Removing a dish at a meal in order to replace it with the next course, a dish thus replaced, or the replacement.
    • Dish definition
      A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle. (1 of 12 dish definitions)
  3. (Britain) (at some public schools) A division of the school, especially the form prior to last
    • Form definition
      To do with shape.
      1. The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
      2. A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
      3. Regularity, beauty, or elegance.
      4. The inherent nature of an object; that which the mind itself contributes as the condition of knowing; that in which the essence of a thing consists.
      5. Characteristics not involving atomic components. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
      6. A long bench with no back.
      7. The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
      8. The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
      (1 of 27 form definitions)
  4. A step or gradation (as in the phrase "at one remove")
    • Step definition
      An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace. (1 of 18 step definitions)
  5. Distance in time or space; interval.
  6. (figuratively, by extension) Emotional distance or indifference.
  7. (dated) The transfer of one's home or business to another place; a move.
  8. The act of resetting a horse's shoe.
    • Shoe definition
      A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boots, which do. (1 of 15 shoe definitions)


  • OED 2nd edition 1989




  1. second-person singular present active imperative of removeō
    • Removeo definition
      i remove, take away





  1. third-person singular present indicative of remover
  2. second-person singular imperative of remover