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Meaning & Definition of Extinguish in English

English

Extinguish

/ɪkstɪŋgwɪʃ/

verb

1. Put an end to

  • Kill
  • "The nazis snuffed out the life of many jewish children"
    synonym:
  • snuff out
  • ,
  • extinguish

2. Put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

  • "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained"
  • "Quench the flames"
  • "Snuff out the candles"
    synonym:
  • snuff out
  • ,
  • blow out
  • ,
  • extinguish
  • ,
  • quench

3. Extinguish by crushing

  • "Stub out your cigar"
    synonym:
  • stub out
  • ,
  • crush out
  • ,
  • extinguish
  • ,
  • press out

4. Terminate, end, or take out

  • "Let's eliminate the course on akkadian hieroglyphics"
  • "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"
  • "Eliminate my debts"
    synonym:
  • extinguish
  • ,
  • eliminate
  • ,
  • get rid of
  • ,
  • do away with

5. Kill in large numbers

  • "The plague wiped out an entire population"
    synonym:
  • eliminate
  • ,
  • annihilate
  • ,
  • extinguish
  • ,
  • eradicate
  • ,
  • wipe out
  • ,
  • decimate
  • ,
  • carry off

Examples of using

Waves extinguish a wind.