extinguish

verb
ex·​tin·​guish | \ ik-ˈstiŋ-(g)wish How to pronounce extinguish (audio) \
extinguished; extinguishing; extinguishes

Definition of extinguish

transitive verb

1a(1) : to bring to an end : make an end of hope for their safety was slowly extinguished
(2) : to reduce to silence or ineffectiveness
b : to cause to cease burning : quench
c : to cause extinction of (a conditioned response)
d : to dim the brightness of : eclipse
2a : to cause to be void : nullify extinguish a claim
b : to get rid of usually by payment extinguish a debt

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Other Words from extinguish

extinguishable \ ik-​ˈstiŋ-​(g)wi-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce extinguish (audio) \ adjective
extinguisher \ ik-​ˈstiŋ-​(g)wi-​shər How to pronounce extinguish (audio) \ noun
extinguishment \ ik-​ˈstiŋ-​(g)wish-​mənt How to pronounce extinguish (audio) \ noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Petaluma Fire personnel arrived to extinguish the fire and assist with the arson investigation. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Petaluma man arrested for allegedly trying to set woman on fire with Molotov cocktail," 11 May 2021 When part of the Unit Four reactor’s core melted down on 26 April 1986, uranium fuel rods, their zirconium cladding, graphite control rods, and sand dumped on the core to try to extinguish the fire melted together into a lava. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Nuclear reactions reawaken in Chernobyl reactor," 5 May 2021 Authorities called Tesla to ask the company how to extinguish the battery fire. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, "Tesla crash in which 'no one was driving' leaves two Texas men dead," 19 Apr. 2021 The weekend fire that consumed the Tesla (and its passengers) reportedly took firefighters four hours and 32,000 gallons of water to extinguish. Robert Zafft, Forbes, "Did Overhyped Marketing Kill Two Tesla Passengers? “Autopilot” That Isn’t," 21 Apr. 2021 And wind whistling around a corner will quickly extinguish a fire pit. Kelly Roberson, chicagotribune.com, "7 landscape design tips for beginners," 14 Apr. 2021 Firefighters arrived to find a passenger car on fire and worked to extinguish the flames. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, "2 die when car collides with tow truck in west Phoenix at 83rd Avenue and McDowell Road," 17 Apr. 2021 Officers from three different divisions arrived at the scene, and the local fire department was called to extinguish the flames. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Crowd tags Portland police union building with graffiti and sets debris ablaze," 4 Apr. 2021 OnScene TV footage showed fire crews on all three levels of the building, tearing away parts of the walls to extinguish flames inside of them. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire damages Kensington apartment complex," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of extinguish

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for extinguish

Latin exstinguere (from ex- + stinguere to extinguish) + English -ish (as in abolish); akin to Latin instigare to incite — more at stick

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The first known use of extinguish was circa 1540

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15 May 2021

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“Extinguish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extinguish. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for extinguish

extinguish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of extinguish

: to cause (something) to stop burning
: to cause the end or death of (something)

extinguish

verb
ex·​tin·​guish | \ ik-ˈstiŋ-gwish How to pronounce extinguish (audio) \
extinguished; extinguishing

Kids Definition of extinguish

1 : to cause to stop burning
2 : to cause to die out More bad news extinguished all hope.

Other Words from extinguish

extinguisher noun

extinguish

transitive verb
ex·​tin·​guish | \ ik-ˈstiŋ-(g)wish How to pronounce extinguish (audio) \

Medical Definition of extinguish

: to cause extinction of (a conditioned response) extinguish an avoidance response

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extinguish

transitive verb
ex·​tin·​guish

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

Other Words from extinguish

extinguishable adjective
extinguishment noun

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