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extinguish meaning and definition

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Definition of extinguish (verb)

  1. put an end to; kill
    • "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"
    • synonyms: snuff out
  2. put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
    • "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained"; "quench the flames"; "snuff out the candles"
    • synonyms: blow out, quench, snuff out
    • antonym: ignite
  3. extinguish by crushing
  4. terminate, end, or take out
    • "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"
    • synonyms: do away with, eliminate, get rid of
  5. kill in large numbers
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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