kill off


killed off; killing off; kills off

transitive verb

: to destroy in large numbers or totally

Examples of kill off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease has killed off most of the human population, the series based on Jeff Lemire’s comic books of the same name follows a young hybrid deer boy named Gus on a journey of self-discovery. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 Mountain lions were killed off in the 1800s and unregulated hunting and habitat loss also destroyed bear populations. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 29 May 2024 Of course, the original Gladiator also killed off its main character at the end, so now Paul Mescal stars. A.a. Dowd, Vulture, 20 May 2024 But does that mean he's being killed off the ABC drama? Patrick Gomez,, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for kill off 

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kill off was in 1607

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“Kill off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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