slay

play
verb \ˈslā\

Definition of slay

slew

play \ˈslü\ also especially in sense 2

slayed

;

slain

play \ˈslān\;

slaying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to kill violently, wantonly, or in great numbers; broadly :  to strike down :  kill

  3. 2 :  to delight or amuse immensely slayed the audience

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  kill, murder

slayer

noun

Examples of slay in a Sentence

  1. The knight slew the dragon.

  2. millions have been slain worldwide by this dreadful disease

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Origin and Etymology of slay

Middle English slen, from Old English slēan to strike, slay; akin to Old High German slahan to strike, Middle Irish slachta stricken

Synonym Discussion of slay

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

SLAY Defined for English Language Learners

slay

play
verb

Definition of slay for English Language Learners

  • : to kill (someone or something) especially in a battle or war

  • : to kill (someone)

  • : to delight or amuse (someone) very much


SLAY Defined for Kids

slay

play
verb \ˈslā\

Definition of slay for Students

slew

\ˈslü\;

slain

\ˈslān\;

slaying

  1. :  1kill 1

slayer

noun


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