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KILL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does kill mean? 

KILL (noun)
  The noun KILL has 2 senses:

1. the act of terminating a life
2. the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile

  Familiarity information: KILL used as a noun is rare.


KILL (verb)
  The verb KILL has 15 senses:

1. cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
2. thwart the passage of
3. cause the death of, without intention
4. end or extinguish by forceful means
5. be fatal
6. be the source of great pain for
7. overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
8. hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games
9. hit with great force
10. deprive of life
11. drink down entirely
12. mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
13. tire out completely
14. cause to cease operating
15. destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

  Familiarity information: KILL used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


KILL (noun)


Sense 1kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of terminating a life

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

kill; putting to death; killing

Hypernyms ("kill" is a kind of...):

conclusion; ending; termination (the act of ending something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "kill"):

coup de grace; deathblow (the blow that kills (usually mercifully))

genocide; race murder; racial extermination (systematic killing of a racial or cultural group)

beheading; decapitation (killing by cutting off the head)

electrocution (killing by electric shock)

ritual killing; sacrifice (the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity)

asphyxiation; suffocation (killing by depriving of oxygen)

poisoning (the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill)

slaughter (the killing of animals (as for food))

self-annihilation; self-destruction; suicide (the act of killing yourself)

fell (the act of felling something (as a tree))

despatch; dispatch (killing a person or animal)

homicide (the killing of a human being by another human being)

euthanasia; mercy killing (the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness))

death (the act of killing)


Sense 2kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the pilot reported two kills during the mission

Hypernyms ("kill" is a kind of...):

destruction; devastation (the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists)


KILL (verb)


Sense 1kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank / The farmer killed a pig for the holidays

Cause:

buy the farm; cash in one's chips; choke; conk; croak; decease; die; drop dead; exit; expire; give-up the ghost; go; kick the bucket; pass; pass away; perish; pop off; snuff it (pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life)

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

impale; stake (kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole)

behead; decapitate; decollate (cut the head of)

strangle; strangulate; throttle (kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air)

asphyxiate; smother; suffocate (deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing)

exterminate; kill off (kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many)

do in; knock off; liquidate; neutralise; neutralize; waste (get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing)

put away; put to sleep (kill gently, as with an injection)

dismember (separate the limbs from the body)

martyr (kill as a martyr)

shed blood (kill violently)

bump off; dispatch; hit; murder; off; polish off; remove; slay (kill intentionally and with premeditation)

assassinate (murder; especially of socially prominent persons)

execute; put to death (kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment)

draw; draw and quarter; quarter (pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him)

lynch (kill without legal sanction)

pip; shoot (kill by firing a missile)

electrocute; fry (kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair)

brain (kill by smashing someone's skull)

overlay; overlie (kill by lying on)

annihilate; carry off; decimate; eliminate; eradicate; extinguish; wipe out (kill in large numbers)

decimate (kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies)

drown (kill by submerging in water)

massacre; mow down; slaughter (kill a large number of people indiscriminately)

erase; wipe out (remove from memory or existence)

butcher; slaughter (kill (animals) usually for food consumption)

poison (kill with poison)

lapidate; stone (kill by throwing stones at)

poison (kill by its poison)

commit suicide (kill oneself)

saber; sabre (kill with a saber)

destroy (put to death)

tomahawk (kill with a tomahawk)

take off (prove fatal)

sacrifice (kill or destroy)

vaporize; zap (kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting)

dispatch (kill without delay)

Sentence frames:

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

Sentence example:

They want to kill the prisoners

Also:

kill off (kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many)


Sense 2kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thwart the passage of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

vote down; vote out; defeat; kill; shoot down

Context examples:

kill a motion / he shot down the student's proposal

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

blackball; negative; veto (vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause the death of, without intention

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

She was killed in the collision of three cars

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

electrocute (kill by electric shock)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 4kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

End or extinguish by forceful means

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

stamp out; kill

Context example:

Stamp out poverty!

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

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 5kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be fatal

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

cigarettes kill / drunken driving kills

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

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 6kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be the source of great pain for

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

These new shoes are killing me!

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

ache; hurt; suffer (feel physical pain)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 7kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!

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

overcome; overpower; overtake; overwhelm; sweep over; whelm (overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 8kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

She killed the ball

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

hit (cause to move by striking)

Domain category:

athletics; sport (an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit with great force

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

He killed the ball

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

hit (cause to move by striking)

Domain category:

athletics; sport (an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 10kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deprive of life

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

AIDS has killed thousands in Africa

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

strike down (cause to die, especially suddenly)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 11kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Drink down entirely

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

belt down; bolt down; down; drink down; pour down; toss off; pop; kill

Context examples:

He downed three martinis before dinner / She killed a bottle of brandy that night / They popped a few beer after work

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

drink; imbibe (take in liquids)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 12kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mark for deletion, rub off, or erase

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

obliterate; wipe out; kill

Context example:

kill these lines in the President's speech

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

take away; take out (take out or remove)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 13kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tire out completely

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The daily stress of her work is killing her

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

beat; exhaust; tucker; tucker out; wash up (wear out completely)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 14kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to cease operating

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

kill the engine

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

cut; switch off; turn off; turn out (cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 15kill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods

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

destroy; destruct (do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of)

Sentence frames:

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


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