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The delete() method removes the specified element from a WeakMap object.




Required. The key of the element to remove from the WeakMap object.

Return value

true if an element in the WeakMap object has been removed successfully. false if the key is not found in the WeakMap or if the key is not an object.


Using the delete method

var wm = new WeakMap();
wm.set(window, 'foo');

wm.delete(window); // Returns true. Successfully removed.

wm.has(window);    // Returns false. The window object is no longer in the WeakMap.


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'WeakMap.prototype.delete' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'WeakMap.prototype.delete' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support36 Yes6111238
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support3636 Yes61238 ?

1. Prior to Firefox 38, this method threw a TypeError when the key parameter was not an object. This has been fixed in version 38 and later to return false as per the ES2015 standard.

See also

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