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kill

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verb \ˈkil\

Definition of kill

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to deprive of life :  cause the death of a disease that has killed thousands He threatened to kill them.b (1) :  to slaughter (an animal) for food (2) :  to convert a food animal into (a kind of meat) by slaughtering

  3. 2a :  to put an end to kill competition a change that could kill our chances for successb :  defeat, veto killed the amendmentc :  to mark for omission; also :  delete kill a quoted :  annihilate, destroy kill an enemy

  4. 3a :  to destroy the vital or essential quality of killed the pain with drugsb :  to cause to stop kill the motorc :  to check the flow of current through kill the lights

  5. 4 :  to make a markedly favorable impression on she killed the audience

  6. 5 :  to get through uneventfully kill time; also :  to get through (the time of a penalty) without being scored on kill a penalty

  7. 6a :  to cause extreme pain to My back is killing me.b :  to tire almost to the point of collapse has been killing herself to get the project done on time

  8. 7 :  to hit (a shot) so hard in various games that a return is impossible killed a backhand down the line

  9. 8 :  to consume (something, such as a drink) totally killed his drink and held out the glass. — W. L. Gresham killed two bottles of wine over dinner

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 1 :  to cause the death of a person, animal, or plant a murderer who may kill again an herbicide that kills on contact if looks could kill

  12. 2 :  to make a markedly favorable impression was dressed to kill

killable

adjective

Examples of kill in a Sentence

  1. The disease has killed thousands of people.

  2. Three people were killed in the accident.

  3. a chemical that kills weeds

  4. a disease that can kill

  5. taking drugs to kill the pain

  6. Despite protests, the mayor killed the program.

  7. The committee killed the bill.

  8. This delay has killed our chances of finishing the project on schedule.

  9. She told him to kill the lights.

Origin and Etymology of kill

Middle English, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; akin to Old English cwellan to kill — more at quell


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of kill

kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner. killed in an accident frost killed the plants slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive. slew thousands of the Philistines murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility. convicted of murdering a rival assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives. terrorists assassinated the Senator dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death. dispatched the sentry with one bullet execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty. executed by lethal gas

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kill

noun

Definition of kill

  1. 1a :  an act or instance of killing an animal moving in for the killb :  a decisive act that conclusively secures something (such as a deal or win)

  2. 2 :  something killed: such asa (1) :  an animal shot in a hunt (2) :  animals killed in a hunt, season, or particular period of timeb :  an enemy unit (such as an airplane or ship) destroyed by military actionc :  a return shot in any of various games (such as badminton, handball, or table tennis) that is too hard for an opponent to handle

Origin and Etymology of kill

see 1kill


First Known Use: 1814


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kill

noun, often capitalized

Definition of kill

  1. :  channel, creek —used chiefly in place names in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York

Origin and Etymology of kill

Dutch kil


First Known Use: 1669


KILL Defined for English Language Learners

kill

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verb

Definition of kill for English Language Learners

  • : to cause the death of (a person, animal, or plant) : to end the life of (someone or something)

  • : to cause the end of (something)

  • : to turn (something) off with a switch


KILL Defined for Kids

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kill

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verb \ˈkil\

Definition of kill for Students

killed

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killing

  1. 1 :  to end the life of :  slay … she still thought cold weather could kill you in a flash. — Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons

  2. 2 :  to put an end to Aspirin will kill this headache.

  3. 3 :  to use up We still have time to kill.

  4. 4 :  1defeat 2 Senators may kill a proposed law.

  5. 5 :  to cause to become very tired These long hours are killing me.


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kill

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Definition of kill for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of taking the life of a person or animal The tiger moved in for the kill.

  2. 2 :  an animal whose life has been taken A lion is devouring its kill.



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