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kill

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of kill

  1. 1 to deprive of life <during the war more soldiers were killed by disease than anything else> Synonyms carry off, claim, croak [slang], destroy, dispatch, do in, fell, slay, take Related Words bump off, butcher, cut down, finish, get, ice [slang], knock off, murder, neutralize, off [slang], put away, rub out, scrag, snuff, take out, waste, whack [slang]; annihilate, blot out, decimate, kill off, massacre, mow, slaughter, smite; assassinate, execute, martyr, terminate; euthanize (also euthanatize), put down; suicide Phrases do away with, do for [chiefly British], make away with Near Antonyms raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive; nurture Antonyms animate

  2. 2 to reject by or as if by a vote <the Senate killed the bill by a single vote> Synonyms blackball, down, negative, nix, shoot down, vetoRelated Words decline, disallow, disapprove, dismiss, refuse; blacklistNear Antonyms admit, allow, approve, assent (to), pass, sanction; elect, supportAntonyms confirm, ratify

  3. 3 to show (something written) to be no longer valid by drawing a cross over or a line through it <I think that paragraph is irrelevant, so kill it> Synonyms blue-pencil, cancel, cross (out), dele, delete, edit (out), elide, x, scratch (out), strike (out), stroke (out)Related Words blot out, efface, eradicate, erase, expunge, obliterate, root (out), rub out, wipe out; bleep, blip, clip, cut, excise, remove; bowdlerize, censor, clean (up), expurgate, launder, redact, red-pencil; abbreviate, crop, shorten; black out, repress, silence, suppressNear Antonyms stet

  4. 4 to use up all the physical energy of <the long hike up the mountain just about killed us> Synonyms break, burn out, bust, do in, do up, drain, fag, fatigue, frazzle, harass, exhaust, knock out, outwear, tire, tucker (out), wash out, wear, wear out, wearyRelated Words debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap, waste, weakenNear Antonyms activate, energize, invigorate, rejuvenate, strengthen, vitalize; relax, rest, unwind

  5. 5 to attract or delight as if by magic <with his dark good looks he would positively kill the ladies> Synonyms allure, beguile, bewitch, captivate, enchant, fascinate, charm, magnetize, wile, witch [archaic]Related Words disarm, draw, entice, lure, pull, seduce, tempt; delight, gratify, please; arrest, enrapture, enthrall (or enthral), entrance; appeal (to), interest, intrigue; beckon, court, invite, solicit, wooNear Antonyms disgust, offend, repel, revolt; annoy, displease, irk; bore, tire, weary

  6. 6 to cause to stop functioning <kill the engine before it overheats> Synonyms deactivate, shut off, turn offRelated Words flick (off); dismantle, mothball, phase out; arrest, brake, chock, cut off, draw up, halt, jam, stall, stickNear Antonyms charge, electrify, energize, fire, fuel, generate, power, push; discharge, launch, release, switch, trip; reactivate, rechargeAntonyms activate, actuate, crank (up), drive, move, propel, run, set off, spark, start, touch off, trigger, turn on





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