tr.v. de·let·ed, de·let·ing, de·letes
a. To cancel, strike out, or make impossible to be perceived: deleted the expletives from the transcript with a marker.
b. To remove from a document or record: deleted the names from the computer file. See Synonyms at erase.
2. To remove (a file, for example) from a hard drive or other storage medium.
[Latin dēlēre, dēlēt-, to wipe out.]
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