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From Latin dēlētus, past participle of dēlēre (destroy, blot out, efface), from dēlēvī, originally perf. tense of dēlinere (to daub, erase by smudging), from dē- (from, away) + linere (to smear, wipe).


  • IPA(key): /dɪˈliːt/, /diˈliːt/, /dəˈliːt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: de‧lete
  • Rhymes: -iːt


delete (third-person singular simple present deletes, present participle deleting, simple past and past participle deleted)

  1. To remove, get rid of or erase, especially written or printed material, or data on a computer or other device. [from 1600s]
    Synonyms: erase, strike, terminate, remove; see also Thesaurus:delete
    Antonyms: insert, main

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delete (plural deletes)

  1. (computing) A deletion.
    • 2003, Jeffrey P. McManus, ‎Jackie Goldstein, ‎Kevin T. Price, Database Access with Visual Basic .NET (page 30)
      Cascading updates and cascading deletes are useful features of the SQL Server database engine.
    I lost the file when I accidentally hit delete.
  2. (recorded entertainment industry) A remainder of a music or video release.
    • 1977 October 29, Billboard[1], volume 89, number No. 43, page 57:
      One CRIA official pegs the total record sales of deletes and imports as high as 30 percent for 1976
    • 1984 December 1, Billboard[2], volume 96, number No. 48, page 68:
      The industry also continues to discuss how the new GATT will serve to prevent a flood of deletes into the market
    • 1985 February 9, Billboard[3], volume 97, number No. 6, page 38:
      Brian Robertson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. (CRIA), says the flood of deletes could be more harmful than the last wave []
  3. (uncountable) Alternative letter-case form of Delete

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  1. Feminine plural of adjective deleto.





delete m (plural deletes)

  1. Delete (key)



  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of deletar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of deletar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of deletar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of deletar