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
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.
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.
A search of the scene after the fire was extinguished found two men — one deceased, identified Sunday as David Danna, 47, and the other in full cardiac arrest, Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets said.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A wildfire that burned vast acreage and at one point threatened hundreds of homes near the Georgia-Florida state line has been nearly extinguished after steady rains soaked the Okefenokee Swamp over the past week.
Wild Wing falls face-first into the flame and catches fire but is extinguished just before becoming extra crispy.
Drivers stopped to assist, trying to break windows and extinguish the fire, according to the website.
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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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