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kill

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verb \ˈkil\

Simple Definition of kill

  • : to cause the death of (a person, animal, or plant) : to end the life of (someone or something)

  • : to cause the end of (something)

  • : to turn (something) off with a switch

Full Definition of kill

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to deprive of life :  cause the death of b (1) :  to slaughter (as a hog) for food (2) :  to convert a food animal into (a kind of meat) by slaughtering

  3. 2 a :  to put an end to <kill competition> b :  defeat, veto <killed the amendment> c :  to mark for omission; also :  delete d :  annihilate, destroy <kill an enemy>

  4. 3 a :  to destroy the vital or essential quality of <killed the pain with drugs> b :  to cause to stop <kill the motor> c :  to check the flow of current through

  5. 4 :  to make a markedly favorable impression on <she killed the audience>

  6. 5 :  to get through uneventfully <kill time>; also :  to get through (the time of a penalty) without being scored on <kill a penalty>

  7. 6 a :  to cause extreme pain to b :  to tire almost to the point of collapse

  8. 7 :  to hit (a shot) so hard in various games that a return is impossible

  9. 8 :  to consume (as a drink) totally

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 1 :  to deprive one of life

  12. 2 :  to make a markedly favorable impression <was dressed to kill>

Examples of kill

  1. The disease has killed thousands of people.

  2. Three people were killed in the accident.

  3. a chemical that kills weeds

  4. a disease that can kill

  5. taking drugs to kill the pain

  6. Despite protests, the mayor killed the program.

  7. The committee killed the bill.

  8. This delay has killed our chances of finishing the project on schedule.

  9. She told him to kill the lights.



Origin of kill

Middle English, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; akin to Old English cwellan to kill — more at quell


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of kill

kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner <killed in an accident> <frost killed the plants>. slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive <slew thousands of the Philistines>. murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility <convicted of murdering a rival>. assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives <terrorists assassinated the Senator>. dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death <dispatched the sentry with one bullet>. execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty <executed by lethal gas>.

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kill

noun

Definition of kill

  1. 1 a :  an act or instance of killing b :  a decisive act that conclusively secures something (as a deal or win)

  2. 2 :  something killed: as a (1) :  an animal shot in a hunt (2) :  animals killed in a hunt, season, or particular period of time b :  an enemy unit (as an airplane or ship) destroyed by military action c :  a return shot in any of various games (as badminton, handball, or table tennis) that is too hard for an opponent to handle



1814

First Known Use of kill

1814


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kill

noun

Definition of kill

  1. :  channel, creek —used chiefly in place names in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York



Origin of kill

Dutch kil


First Known Use: 1669



KILL Defined for Kids

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kill

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verb \ˈkil\

Definition of kill

killedkill·ing

  1. 1 :  to end the life of :  slay <… she still thought cold weather could kill you in a flash. — Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons>

  2. 2 :  to put an end to <Aspirin will kill this headache.>

  3. 3 :  to use up <We still have time to kill.>

  4. 4 :  1defeat 2 <Senators may kill a proposed law.>

  5. 5 :  to cause to become very tired <These long hours are killing me.>




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kill

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noun

Definition of kill

  1. 1 :  an act of taking the life of a person or animal <The tiger moved in for the kill.>

  2. 2 :  an animal whose life has been taken <A lion is devouring its kill.>





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