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 for delete
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Delete \De*lete"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deleted; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Deleting.] [L. deletus, p. p. of delere to destroy. Cf.
     1st Dele.]
     To blot out; to erase; to expunge; to dele; to omit.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           I have, therefore, . . . inserted eleven stanzas which
           do not appear in Sir Walter Scott's version, and have
           deleted eight.                           --Aytoun.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  delete
      v 1: remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your
           list" [syn: delete, cancel]
      2: wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information; "Who
         erased the files form my hard disk?" [syn: erase, delete]
         [ant: record, tape]
      3: cut or eliminate; "she edited the juiciest scenes" [syn:
         edit, blue-pencil, delete]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "delete":
     KO, abbreviate, abridge, abrupt, alienate, annul, black out, blot,
     blot out, blue-pencil, bowdlerize, call off, cancel, cast off,
     cast out, censor, complete, cross out, cut, cut adrift, cut off,
     cut out, dele, depart, disarticulate, disconnect, disengage,
     disjoin, disjoint, dispose of, dissociate, disunite, divide,
     divorce, drop the curtain, edit, edit out, efface, eject,
     eliminate, end off, eradicate, erase, estrange, exclude, expel,
     expunge, expurgate, extinguish, finalize, finish, fold up,
     get it over, get over with, get through with, give the quietus,
     isolate, kayo, kibosh, kill, knock out, leave, obliterate, omit,
     part, perfect, polish off, pull away, pull back, pull out,
     put paid to, raze, remove, rescind, rub out, rule out, scrag,
     scratch, scratch out, segregate, separate, sequester, set apart,
     set aside, shoot down, shut off, split, sponge, sponge out,
     stand aloof, stand apart, stand aside, step aside, strike,
     strike off, strike out, subtract, throw off, throw out, uncouple,
     unyoke, void, wipe out, withdraw, zap
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  delete
  erase
  
     1.  (Or "erase") To make a file
     inaccessible.
  
     Usually this operation only deletes information from the
     tables the file system uses to locate named files; the
     file's contents still exist on disk and can sometimes be
     recovered by scanning the whole disk for strings which are
     known to have been in the file.  Files created subsequently on
     the same disk are quite likely to reuse the same blocks and
     thus overwrite the deleted file's data permanently.
  
     2.  The control character with ASCII code 127.
     Usually entering this character from the keyboard deletes the
     last character typed from the input buffer.  Sadly there is
     great confusion between operating systems and keyboard
     manufacturers as to whether this function should be assigned
     to the delete or backspace key/character.
  
     The choice of code 127 (binary 1111111) is not arbitrary but
     dates back to the use of paper tape for input.  The delete
     key rewound the tape by one character and punched out all
     seven holes, thus obliterating whatever character was there
     before.  The tape reading software ignored any delete
     characters in the input.
  
     (1996-12-01)
  

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