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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


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.


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

Broader (hypernym)shift, transfer

6. remove (change) go away or leave

SamplesHe absented himself.


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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