Definition of removal in US English:

removal

noun

  • 1The action of taking away or abolishing something unwanted.

    ‘the removal of the brain tumor’
    ‘the removal of all legal barriers to the free movement of goods’
    • ‘Circumcision is a common surgical procedure that involves surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis.’
    • ‘Deregulation and liberalisation of agriculture and the removal of subsidies after 1992 swept that away.’
    • ‘Since then, doctors have performed 30,000 cataract removals.’
    • ‘Additionally, some configurations allow for the removal of unwanted pop-up windows.’
    • ‘He was instead assigned to supervise asbestos removal.’
    • ‘The latter approach does not require prior surgical removal of the tumor.’
    • ‘The written response was that the railings were not approved, and their immediate removal was required.’
    • ‘Thus, the physician should be armed with information about removal of unwanted hair.’
    • ‘Removal of subsidies on electricity or gasoline will benefit the environment by inducing conservation.’
    • ‘Regarding the removal of parallel import restrictions, only restrictions on books remain.’
    • ‘The early patients were patients undergoing surgery on the visual areas of the brain for removal of tumors and so forth.’
    • ‘An upcoming operational deployment may make routine scheduling of wisdom teeth removals more difficult to fit in with pre-deployment training and so surgery will have to be brought forward.’
    • ‘We are currently assigning all non-essential personnel to the removal of these unwanted franchise restaurants.’
    • ‘Often the entire base of the bamboo clump is set on fire to facilitate the easy removal of dead bamboo.’
    • ‘But know that tattoos are meant to be permanent, so complete removal of them is difficult.’
    • ‘Graffiti removal now takes less than three days from complaint to clean-up, down from almost eight days in 2000.’
    • ‘The World Bank demanded the rapid removal of price controls and all subsidies to farmers.’
    • ‘In that case, removal of subsidies will at worse simply maintain the status quo.’
    • ‘Tonight we would like to have a discussion regarding the removal of unwanted hair.’
    • ‘Laser hair removal takes about an hour to complete both legs and can vary in time for other areas.’
    taking away, moving, carrying away, shifting, transfer, transporting
    withdrawal, abolition, elimination, doing away with, taking away
    deletion, elimination, erasing, rubbing out, erasure, effacing, obliteration
    uprooting, eradication, destruction
    cutting off, chopping off, hacking off, amputation, excision
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    1. 1.1British usually as modifier The transfer of furniture and other contents when moving from one house to another.
      ‘removal men’
      • ‘I'd always suspected it was behind the TV, but it wasn't until the removal people came in and took everything away that my suspicions were confirmed.’
      • ‘The removals man today warned that his York family business could now come to an end after more than 50 years.’
      • ‘Sleepy days in leafy suburbs are disturbed by huge removal lorries that swallow up entire households as transient diplomats, businessmen and journalists leave for postings new.’
      • ‘If a removal firm cannot remove furniture from a house without exposing its employees to unacceptable risk then it can and should refuse to do the job.’
      • ‘There was a removal van outside the next door neighbours.’
      • ‘Penelope sat out of the porch of the house smoking a Lady Fair Light, watching the removal men load the families furniture, antiques and complete life onto seven large trucks.’
      • ‘If he was in the home removals business, he would be the one gingerly carrying the precious crystal vase across a treacherously slippery floor.’
      • ‘After doing this, look for a furniture removal company.’
      • ‘We received little help with finding new homes, and the removal expenses we received rarely covered our costs.’
      • ‘Though it is not sinking, removal vans gather at the Clarendon Building’
      • ‘But by about seven thirty, everything had been took from the two removal vans that had transported their possessions and furniture from London.’
      • ‘She was paid £510 ‘compensation’, and various removal expenses amounting to a further £843.47.’
      • ‘He was at that time working in the removal business and had no experience as a funeral director or undertaker.’
      • ‘Mark, 31, a removals man, said travelling by train had not been an option, mainly because the idea had been to travel out from Nottingham each day to places like Sherwood Forest and Alton Towers.’
      • ‘We all jacked our jobs in, bought a massive great removal van and spent a couple of happy years playing gigs around Europe, chiefly in Belgium, beer capital of the world.’
      • ‘They hadn't realised that removal companies are booked up months in advance.’
      • ‘I was accompanied by our contracted removal company.’
      • ‘They've even been used for furniture removals.’
      • ‘We all know what a nightmare it is, trying to jam all of your belongings into the removal van and packing always takes twice as long as you think it will!’
      • ‘Many furniture removal companies operate secure storage facilities on a weekly rental basis, which could be a short-term solution.’
    2. 1.2 The dismissal of someone from a job or office.
      • ‘The president was spared removal from office but another crisis quickly surfaced, this one in Kosovo.’
      • ‘If the U.S. were an effective democracy, the President would face impeachment and removal from office.’
      • ‘A demanding standard of financial honesty is expected of politicians, and even small-scale tax evasion or misuse of an expense account can lead to removal from office.’
      • ‘He was his own worst enemy and his rash violation of Grant's departmental regulations caused his removal from command of his corps shortly before the fall of Vicksburg.’
      • ‘The minister claimed that his removal was not legal.’
      • ‘A lot of the Alliance leaders have, since our removal from parliament, thrown ourselves into union organising work.’
      • ‘It was in jail that he fell ill and died, sparking a chain of events that culminated in the arrest and removal from office of the Sheikh.’
      • ‘Their terms are staggered, and the vice president does not automatically become president following the death or removal from office of the president.’
      • ‘All members of the council who are summoned by the sergeant to attend [congregations] shall faithfully do so, upon pain of removal from office and disbarment from future office-holding.’
      • ‘But it was Whitlam who telephoned Buckingham Palace on November 11 after his removal from office by the Australian Governor-General.’
      • ‘And while the task force prepares to fully hand over the Haiti operation to UN troops, Aristide's removal from power is still not without its opponents.’
      • ‘Five councillors in the past two months - four in the past ten days - have resigned from students' council, and one other faced removal from his position.’
      • ‘More promising, it might be thought, is the strategy of giving the shareholders strong legal rights in relation to the appointment or removal of the directors.’
      • ‘The only disciplinary measure described in the AFN Charter is removal from office.’
      • ‘Although the circumstances of Chavez's removal from office are still not entirely clear, the basic outlines of the story are quite troubling.’
      • ‘That then led to the events resulting in his removal from office.’
      • ‘This might lead to his removal from office.’
      • ‘Now, the power of removal from office at any time in cases other than the case of a Deputy Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner is exercised by the Commissioner.’
      • ‘The debate had demonstrated that the only remedy for unconstitutional conduct by the president would be his removal from office and this would be too difficult and too slow.’
      • ‘John and Ken are also targeting an incumbent Democrat for removal from office.’
      dismissal, eviction, ejection, expulsion, throwing out, ousting, dislodgement, displacement, purging, unseating, deposition
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Pronunciation

removal

/rəˈmo͞ovəl//rəˈmuvəl/