—v.t. 1. to move from a place or position; take away or off: to remove the napkins from the table. 2. to take off or shed (an article of clothing): to remove one's jacket. 3. to move or shift to another place or position; transfer: She removed the painting to another wall. 4. to put out; send away: to remove a tenant. 5. to dismiss or force from a position or office; discharge: They removed him for embezzling. 6. to take away, withdraw, or eliminate: to remove the threat of danger. 7. to get rid of; do away with; put an end to: to remove a stain; to remove the source of disease. 8. to kill; assassinate.
—v.i. 1. to move from one place to another, esp. to another locality or residence: We remove to Newport early in July. 2. to go away; depart; disappear.
—n. 1. the act of removing.
2. a removal from one place, as of residence, to another.
3. the distance by which one person, place, or thing is separated from another: to see something at a remove. 4. a mental distance from the reality of something as a result of psychological detachment or lack of experience: to criticize something at a remove. 5. a degree of difference, as that due to descent, transmission, etc.: a folk survival, at many removes, of a druidic rite. 6. a step or degree, as in a graded scale.
7. Brit.a promotion of a pupil to a higher class or division at school.