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EXTINGUISH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does extinguish mean? 

EXTINGUISH (verb)
  The verb EXTINGUISH has 4 senses:

1. put an end to; kill
2. put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
3. extinguish by crushing
4. kill in large numbers

  Familiarity information: EXTINGUISH used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXTINGUISH (verb)


Sense 1extinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put an end to; kill

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

snuff out; extinguish

Context example:

The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children

Hypernyms (to "extinguish" is one way to...):

do away with; eliminate; get rid of (terminate or take out)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "extinguish"):

stamp (destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot)

put out; smother (deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2extinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

blow out; extinguish; quench; snuff out

Context examples:

Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained / quench the flames / snuff out the candles

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "extinguish"):

stub (extinguish by crushing)

douse; put out (put out, as of a candle or a light)

black out (obliterate or extinguish)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

ignite (cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat)


Sense 3extinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extinguish by crushing

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

crush out; press out; stub out; extinguish

Context example:

stub out your cigar

Hypernyms (to "extinguish" is one way to...):

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4extinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill in large numbers

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

annihilate; eradicate; decimate; wipe out; carry off; eliminate; extinguish

Context example:

the plague wiped out an entire population

Hypernyms (to "extinguish" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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