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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 29 related words and terms: delete, move, take away, murder, cricket, dismiss, discard, set aside, abstract, depart, leave, residence, discharge, office, removing, cooking, dish, course, division, school, form, step, gradation, distance, interval, horse, shoe, removeo, and remover.

See also: remové



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



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
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 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.
  8. To dismiss or discharge from office.
    The President removed many postmasters.




Derived terms



remove (plural removes)

  1. The act of removing something.
  2. (cooking, now chiefly historical) A dish served to replace an earlier one during a meal; a part of a new course.
    • 1796, Mary Wollstonecraft, Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Oxford 2009, p. 16:
      A supper brings up the rear, not forgetting the introductory luncheon, almost equalling in removes the dinner.
    • 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")
    • 1716 January 3 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison, “The Free-holder: No. 1. Friday, December 23. 1715.”, in The Works of the Right Honourable Joseph Addison, Esq; [], volume IV, London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], published 1721, OCLC 1056445272:
      A freeholder is but one remove from a legislator.
    • 1970, Yuri Rytkheu, Сон в начале тумана [A Dream in Polar Fog]:
      Toko returned to the men, sitting at a remove.
    • 2007, James D. McCallister, King's Highway, page 162:
      In his unfortunate absence at this far remove of 2007, Zevon's musicianship and irascible wit are as missed as ever.
    • Step definition
      An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace. (1 of 17 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 16 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