|Origin:||eliminatus, past participle of eliminare 'to put out of doors'|
to completely get rid of something that is unnecessary or unwanted
eliminate a need/possibility/risk/problem etc
The credit card eliminates the need for cash or cheques.
The teacher should try to eliminate the possibility that the child has a hearing defect.
eliminate something/somebody from something
Fatty foods should be eliminated from the diet.
2 [usually passive]
to defeat a team or person in a competition, so that they no longer take part in it:
Our team was eliminated in the first round.
to kill someone in order to prevent them from causing trouble:
a ruthless dictator who eliminated all his rivals
4 British English
if the police eliminate someone from their enquiries, they decide that that person did not commit a particular crime