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Definition of "extinguish" []

  • To put out (a fire, for example); quench. (verb-transitive)
  • To put an end to (hopes, for example); destroy. See Synonyms at abolish. (verb-transitive)
  • To obscure; eclipse. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To settle or discharge (a debt). (verb-transitive)
  • Law To nullify: extinguished their title to the property. (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 "extinguish" in a sentence
  • "Does not a little word extinguish all pleasures of that sort?"
  • "He now tries to woo Lib Dem voters and MPs, not "extinguish" them."
  • "By taking Reid's comments about President Obama out of context, we do ourselves an injustice -- the same injustice we do when we want to "extinguish" racist comments."