Associations to the word «Extinguish»

Wiktionary

EXTINGUISH, verb. (transitive) to put out, as in fire; to end burning; to quench
EXTINGUISH, verb. (transitive) to destroy or abolish something
EXTINGUISH, verb. (transitive) to obscure or eclipse something
EXTINGUISH, verb. (transitive) (psychology) to bring about the extinction of a conditioned reflex
EXTINGUISH, verb. (transitive) (literally) to hunt down (a species) to extinction

Dictionary definition

EXTINGUISH, verb. Put an end to; kill; "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children".
EXTINGUISH, verb. 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".
EXTINGUISH, verb. Extinguish by crushing; "stub out your cigar".
EXTINGUISH, verb. Terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts".
EXTINGUISH, verb. Kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population".

Wise words

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