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English noun: remove

1. remove (attribute) degree of figurative distance or separation


SamplesJust one remove from madness.
It imitates at many removes a Shakespearean tragedy.


Broader (hypernym)distance


English verb: remove

1. remove (change) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract


SamplesRemove a threat.
Remove a wrapper.
Remove the dirty dishes from the table.
Take the gun from your pocket.
This machine withdraws heat from the environment.


ExamplesThey want to remove the doors


Synonymstake, take away, withdraw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Narrower (hyponym)ablate, amputate, aspirate, bail, bail out, bale out, bear away, bear off, bone, brush, bur, burl, burr, cancel, carry away, carry off, carve out, cast, cast off, chip away, chip away at, circumcise, clean, clean, clean, clean, clean, clear, clear, clear away, clear off, clear out, clear up, condense, cream, cream off, crumb, cut into, cut off, de-iodinate, de-ionate, debone, decalcify, decarbonise, decarbonize, decarburise, decarburize, decoke, decorticate, defang, defuse, degas, dehorn, delete, delouse, delve, demineralise, demineralize, depilate, descale, desorb, detoxicate, detoxify, detusk, dig, dig, disburden, discharge, disembowel, disinvest, dislodge, dismantle, divest, draw, draw, draw, draw, draw, draw away, draw off, draw off, draw out, draw out, dredge, drive out, drop, eliminate, empty, enucleate, enucleate, epilate, eviscerate, eviscerate, excavate, exenterate, expectorate, extirpate, extract, flick, free, get out, gut, harvest, head, hollow, hull, husk, hypophysectomise, hypophysectomize, knock out, lade, laden, ladle, leach, leach, lift, lift, lift, lift out, muck, offsaddle, pick, pick, pit, pull, pull, pull, pull off, pull out, pull out, pull up, ream, resect, scale, scalp, scavenge, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, seed, shake off, shed, shell, shell, shuck, shuck, skim, skim off, spoon, stem, stone, string, strip, strip, strip, strip, strip, strip, strip, suck out, take away, take away, take off, take out, take out, take out, take out, take out, take out, take out, take up, tear away, tear off, throw, throw away, throw off, tip, turn over, tusk, unburden, undock, undress, unhinge, unpack, unsaddle, unstring, unveil, wash, wash away, wash off, wash out, wear away, wear off, weed, winnow, wipe away, wipe off, withdraw

2. remove (social) remove from a position or an office


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)bench, boot out, can, dismiss, displace, drop, drum out, expel, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, invalid, kick out, oust, pull off, sack, send away, terminate, throw out, unseat, winkle out

3. remove (possession) dispose of


SamplesGet rid of these old shoes!.
The company got rid of all the dead wood.


Synonymsget rid of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, comb out, cull, de-aerate, deaerate, decaffeinate, decarbonate, decerebrate, dechlorinate, defat, defibrinate, degrease, deionize, delist, delocalize, deoxygenate, destain, desulfurize, desulphurize, detick, devein, discard, dispose, ditch, dump, fettle, flense, flesh, fling, kern, pith, put away, scum, slough off, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out, unbridle, unmuzzle, weed out, work off

4. remove (social) cause to leave


SamplesThe teacher took the children out of the classroom.


Synonymsmove out, take out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)call in, clear, estrange


Causemove

5. remove (motion) shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes


SamplesHe removed his children to the countryside.
Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city.
Remove a case to another court.


Synonymstransfer


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)shift, transfer

6. remove (change) go away or leave


SamplesHe absented himself.


Synonymsabsent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)disappear, go away, vanish

7. remove (social) kill intentionally and with premeditation


SamplesThe mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered.


Synonymsbump off, dispatch, hit, murder, off, polish off, slay


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)kill


Narrower (hyponym)burke, execute

8. remove (change) get rid of something abstract


SamplesThe death of her mother removed the last obstacle to their marriage.
God takes away your sins.


Synonymstake away


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)wash away









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