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(1)   Degree of figurative distance or separation
"Just one remove from madness" or "it imitates at many removes a Shakespearean tragedy";


(2)   Remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
"Remove 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"
(3)   Go away or leave
"He absented himself"
(4)   Get rid of something abstract
"The death of her mother removed the last obstacle to their marriage"
"God takes away your sins"
(5)   Shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes
"He removed his children to the countryside"
"Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city"
"Remove a case to another court"
(6)   Dispose of
"Get rid of these old shoes!"
"The company got rid of all the dead wood"
(7)   Remove from a position or an office
(8)   Cause to leave
"The teacher took the children out of the classroom"
(9)   Kill intentionally and with premeditation
"The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"


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  1. To move something from one place to another, especially to take away.
    He removed the marbles from the bag.
  2. To murder someone.
  3. , To dismiss a batsman.
  4. To depart, leave.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      And loke that ye ryde streyte unto Sir Lucius and sey I bydde hym in haste to remeve oute of my londys.
  5. To change one's residence.
    • 1719 Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      Now my life began to be so easy that I began to say to myself that could I but have been safe from more savages, I cared not if I was never to remove from the place where I lived.
    • 1834, David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of, Nebraska 1987, p. 20:
      Shortly after this, my father removed, and settled in the same county, about ten miles above Greenville.


  1. The act of removing something, especially removing a dish at a meal in order to replace it with the next course
  2. A dish thus replaced, or the replacement
  3. (at some public schools) A division of the school, especially the form prior to last
  4. A step or gradation (as in the phrase "at one remove")