Definition of extinguish
1a (1) : to bring to an end : make an end of hope for their safety was slowly extinguished (2) : to reduce to silence or ineffectivenessb : to cause to cease burning : quenchc : to cause extinction of (a conditioned response)d : to dim the brightness of : eclipse
2a : to cause to be void : nullify extinguish a claimb : to get rid of usually by payment extinguish a debt
extinguishableplay \ik-ˈstiŋ-(g)wi-shə-bəl\ adjective
extinguisherplay \ik-ˈstiŋ-(g)wi-shər\ noun
extinguishmentplay \ik-ˈstiŋ-(g)wish-mənt\ noun
Examples of extinguish in a Sentence
The fire department was called in to extinguish the blaze.
He extinguished his cigarette in the ashtray.
They ruthlessly extinguished all resistance.
News of the conflict extinguished our hopes for a peaceful resolution.
Recent Examples of extinguish from the Web
Before the lamps are extinguished for the night, however, the Platinum Heritage hosts suggest an optional morning activity: Rousing slightly before 5 a.m. to watch the sun rise from atop a nearby dune.
D.C. firefighters were working to extinguish a fire in the basement of the World Bank Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington, the department said.
The July 5 fire would be extinguished before any homes were damaged.
HarperCollins, 2017 ($27.99) Five times in the earth's history a mass extinction has almost entirely extinguished all animal life.
It was snuffed out two pitches later, plucked out of the air by the TCU shortstop and extinguished at second base.
The blaze was quickly extinguished on the roof and in the attic of the home.
Two dogs died in a blaze Tuesday night at a Buffalo Grove condominium building before firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, authorities said.
The 29-year-old singer, who hails from North London's Tottenham borough, was spotted visiting the scene of the tragic fire last Wednesday, just hours after local firefighters finally extinguished the blaze at the 24-story apartment building.
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EXTINGUISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extinguish for English Language Learners
: to cause (something) to stop burning
: to cause the end or death of (something)
EXTINGUISH Defined for Kids
Definition of extinguish for Students
1 : to cause to stop burning
2 : to cause to die out More bad news extinguished all hope.
Legal Definition of extinguish
1 : to cause the nonexistence of : do away with
2 : to cause (as a claim or right) to be void : nullify
3 : to get rid of (a debt or other liability) by payment or other compensatory adjustment
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