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Definition of "kill" [kill]

  • To put to death. (verb-transitive)
  • To deprive of life: The Black Death was a disease that killed millions. (verb-transitive)
  • To put an end to; extinguish: The rain killed our plans for a picnic. (verb-transitive)
  • To destroy a vitally essential quality in: Too much garlic killed the taste of the meat. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to cease operating; turn off: killed the motor. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kill" in a sentence
  • "Each fellow pick his own man, and kill him, d'ye hear, _kill_ him! ""
  • "If the word kill is the major motivation for the lead character, then I say pass on developing this movie."
  • "Just to hear her say the word kill made my lungs tighten."