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verb [transitive]     remove pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleremoving
past tenseremoved
past participleremoved
  1. 1
    to take something or someone away from a place

    Sally looked down at her sleeve and removed a small speck of dirt.

    remove someone/something from something:

    Rescue crews removed two people from the collapsed building.

    Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.

    The area has now been removed from the list of dangerous destinations.

  2. 2
    to get rid of a problem, difficulty, or something that annoys you

    The bill is intended to remove obstacles that may discourage investors.

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  3. 3
    to take off clothing

    She removed her jacket and hung it over the chair.

  4. 4
    to take away someone’s power or position, especially in politics

    Officials who were involved in the scandal were removed from office.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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