v. re·moved, re·mov·ing, re·moves
1. To move from a place or position occupied: removed the cups from the table.
2. To transfer or convey from one place to another: removed the family to Texas.
3. To take off: removed my boots.
4. To take away; withdraw: removed the candidate's name from consideration.
5. To do away with; eliminate: remove a stain.
6. To dismiss from an office or position.
1. To change one's place of residence or business; move: "In 1751, I removed from the country to the town" (David Hume).
2. To go away; depart.
3. To be removable: paint that removes with water.
1. The act of removing; removal.
2. Distance or degree of separation or remoteness: "to spill, though at a safe remove, the blood of brave men" (Anthony Burgess).
[Middle English removen, from Old French remouvoir, from Latin removēre : re-, re- + movēre, to move; see MOVE.]
re·mov′a·bili·ty, re·mova·ble·ness n.
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