Re·move v. i. To change place in any manner, or to make a change in place; to move or go from one residence, position, or place to another.
Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane,
I can not taint with fear. --Shak.
Note: ☞ The verb remove, in some of its application, is synonymous with move, but not in all. Thus we do not apply remove to a mere change of posture, without a change of place or the seat of a thing. A man moves his head when he turns it, or his finger when he bends it, but he does not remove it. Remove usually or always denotes a change of place in a body, but we never apply it to a regular, continued course or motion. We never say the wind or water, or a ship, removes at a certain rate by the hour; but we say a ship was removed from one place in a harbor to another. Move is a generic term, including the sense of remove, which is more generally applied to a change from one station or permanent position, stand, or seat, to another station.
Re·move v. t. [imp. & p. p. Removed p. pr. & vb. n. Removing.]
1. To move away from the position occupied; to cause to change place; to displace; as, to remove a building.
Thou shalt not remove thy neighbor's landmark. --Deut. xix. 14.
When we had dined, to prevent the ladies' leaving us, I generally ordered the table to be removed. --Goldsmith.
2. To cause to leave a person or thing; to cause to cease to be; to take away; hence, to banish; to destroy; to put an end to; to kill; as, to remove a disease. “King Richard thus removed.”
3. To dismiss or discharge from office; as, the President removed many postmasters.
Note: ☞ See the Note under Remove, v. i.
1. The act of removing; a removal.
This place should be at once both school and university, not needing a remove to any other house of scholarship. --Milton.
And drags at each remove a lengthening chain. --Goldsmith.
2. The transfer of one's business, or of one's domestic belongings, from one location or dwelling house to another; -- in the United States usually called a move.
It is an English proverb that three removes are as bad as a fire. --J. H. Newman.
3. The state of being removed.
4. That which is removed, as a dish removed from table to make room for something else.
5. The distance or space through which anything is removed; interval; distance; stage; hence, a step or degree in any scale of gradation; specifically, a division in an English public school; as, the boy went up two removes last year.
A freeholder is but one remove from a legislator. --Addison.
6. Far. The act of resetting a horse's shoe.
n : degree of figurative distance or separation; "just one
remove from madness" or "it imitates at many removes a
v 1: remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, taking
off, etc. 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" [syn: take,
take away, withdraw]
2: remove from a position or an office
3: dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got
rid of all the dead wood" [syn: get rid of]
4: cause to leave; "The teacher took the children out of the
classroom" [syn: take out, move out]
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" [syn: transfer]
6: go away or leave; "He absented himself" [syn: absent]
7: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss
ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: murder, slay, hit,
dispatch, bump off, polish off]
8: get rid of something abstract; "The death of her mother
removed the last obstacle to their marriage"; "God takes
away your sins" [syn: take away]