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to take out or delete
Not to be confused with:
deal – apportion; deliver; distribute playing cards; a bargain: What a deal!
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A sign indicating that something is to be removed from printed or written matter.
tr.v. de·led, de·le·ing, de·les
1. To remove, especially from printed or written matter; delete.
2. To mark with a sign indicating deletion.

[Latin dēlē, second person sing. imperative of dēlēre, to delete.]
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n, pl deles
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a sign (δ) indicating that typeset matter is to be deleted. Compare stet
vb, deles, deleing or deled
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (tr) to mark (matter to be deleted) with a dele
[C18: from Latin: delete (imperative), from dēlēre to destroy, obliterate; see delete]
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(ˈdi li)

v. de•led, de•le•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to delete.
2. a mark, as ƛ or Ɣ, used to indicate matter to be deleted.
[1695–1705; < Latin dēlē 2nd pers. singular imperative of dēlēre, to destroy]
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Past participle: deled
Gerund: deleing

I dele
you dele
he/she/it deles
we dele
you dele
they dele
I deled
you deled
he/she/it deled
we deled
you deled
they deled
Present Continuous
I am deleing
you are deleing
he/she/it is deleing
we are deleing
you are deleing
they are deleing
Present Perfect
I have deled
you have deled
he/she/it has deled
we have deled
you have deled
they have deled
Past Continuous
I was deleing
you were deleing
he/she/it was deleing
we were deleing
you were deleing
they were deleing
Past Perfect
I had deled
you had deled
he/she/it had deled
we had deled
you had deled
they had deled
I will dele
you will dele
he/she/it will dele
we will dele
you will dele
they will dele
Future Perfect
I will have deled
you will have deled
he/she/it will have deled
we will have deled
you will have deled
they will have deled
Future Continuous
I will be deleing
you will be deleing
he/she/it will be deleing
we will be deleing
you will be deleing
they will be deleing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been deleing
you have been deleing
he/she/it has been deleing
we have been deleing
you have been deleing
they have been deleing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been deleing
you will have been deleing
he/she/it will have been deleing
we will have been deleing
you will have been deleing
they will have been deleing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been deleing
you had been deleing
he/she/it had been deleing
we had been deleing
you had been deleing
they had been deleing
I would dele
you would dele
he/she/it would dele
we would dele
you would dele
they would dele
Past Conditional
I would have deled
you would have deled
he/she/it would have deled
we would have deled
you would have deled
they would have deled
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vtstreichen, tilgen (geh)
nDeleatur nt, → Deleaturzeichen nt
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References in classic literature ?
"That's all right for you, Dele," said Joe, attacking a can of peas with a carving knife and a hatchet, "but how about me?
I wish you could see him, Dele. Fat man with a woollen muffler and a quill toothpick.
What time this afternoon did you burn your hand, Dele?"
"What have you been doing for the last two weeks, Dele?" he asked.
Dele's last hamstring injury meant he played just one game for Spurs before his England call-up but it was his third of the season which he has found deeply frustrating.
His boss Santo said: "Dele Alli plays for England at a high level.
Pochettino (above) admitted: "I am happy with the way the players arrived after the holidays, and Dele was one of them.
One of the accused, Boniface, was said to have entered into the house belonging to one Tochukwu Enyiba, who was his master, and stole the sum of N5m while Dele unlawfully received the sum of N2.1m on the same day, date and place from Boniface.
But I thank you for caring about my health and wellbeing :-) Dele."
After touring with Fela, whose combination of infectious, funky grooves with a strong political and social impetus saw him compared to both the Godfather of Funk James Brown and political leader Malcolm X, Dele went on to join The Positive Force, the band led by Fela's son Femi.
Dele scored 36 goals, not a great haul for a striker, but there were many memorable ones including the stunner at Blackburn this season and a brilliant effort in the 6-2 final game victory over Derby.
He's definitely got attributes, but I feel Dele has reached a bit of a crossroads and needs something to change.'