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 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 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
4 : to make a markedly favorable impression on <she killed the audience>
5 : to get through uneventfully <kill time>; also : to get through (the time of a penalty) without being scored on <kill a penalty>
6 a : to cause extreme pain to b : to tire almost to the point of collapse
7 : to hit (a shot) so hard in various games that a return is impossible
8 : to consume (as a drink) totally
Examples of kill
The disease has killed thousands of people.
Three people were killed in the accident.
a chemical that kills weeds
a disease that can kill
taking drugs to kill the pain
Despite protests, the mayor killed the program.
The committee killed the bill.
This delay has killed our chances of finishing the project on schedule.
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
Definition of kill
1 a : an act or instance of killing b : a decisive act that conclusively secures something (as a deal or win)
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
First Known Use of kill
Origin of kill
First Known Use: 1669
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