"removes" in the noun sense
degree of figurative distance or separation
"just one remove from madness"
"it imitates at many removes a Shakespearean tragedy"
"removes" in the verb sense
1. remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, 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"
remove from a position or an office
3. get rid of, remove
"Get rid of these old shoes!"
"The company got rid of all the dead wood"
4. take out, move out, remove
cause to leave
"The teacher took the children out of the classroom"
5. remove, transfer
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"
6. absent, remove
go away or leave
"He absented himself"
7. murder, slay, hit, dispatch, bump off, off, polish off, remove
kill intentionally and with premeditation
"The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
8. remove, take away
get rid of something abstract
"The death of her mother removed the last obstacle to their marriage"
"God takes away your sins"
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