Definition of extinguish
- hope for their safety was slowly extinguished
- extinguish a claim
- extinguish a debt
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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to cause to suffer severely from hunger
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