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kill

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1 to deprive of life

  • during the war more soldiers were killed by disease than anything else
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do away with, do for [chiefly British], make away with

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2 to reject by or as if by a vote

  • the Senate killed the bill by a single vote
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3 to show (something written) to be no longer valid by drawing a cross over or a line through it

  • I think that paragraph is irrelevant, so kill it
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4 to use up all the physical energy of

  • the long hike up the mountain just about killed us
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wear to a frazzle

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5 to attract or delight as if by magic

  • with his dark good looks he would positively kill the ladies
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6 to cause to stop functioning

  • kill the engine before it overheats
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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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