delete

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English

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Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

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

Verb

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. [from 1600s]

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Noun

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.
  2. (uncountable) Alternative letter-case form of Delete
    I lost the file when I accidentally hit delete.
  3. (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...

Italian

Adjective

delete f, pl

  1. Feminine plural of adjective deleto.

Latin

Verb

dēlēte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēleō

Participle

dēlēte

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēlētus

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Noun

delete m (plural deletes)

  1. Delete (key)

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delete

  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