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Verb: extinguish  ik'sting-gwish
  1. Put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
    "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained";
    - snuff out, quench
  2. Extinguish by crushing
    - stub, stub out, crush out, press out
  3. Terminate, end, or take out
    "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs";
    - eliminate, get rid of, do away with
  4. Kill in large numbers
    "the plague extinguished an entire population";
    - eliminate, annihilate, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off
  5. Put an end to; kill
    "The Nazis extinguished the life of many Jewish children";
    - snuff out [informal]

Derived forms: extinguishes, extinguishing, extinguished

Type of: destroy, destruct, kill, spifflicate [Brit, informal], spiflicate [Brit, informal], uncreate [literary]

Encyclopedia: Extinguish