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English noun: kill

1. kill (act) the act of terminating a life


Synonymskilling, putting to death


Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination


Narrower (hyponym)asphyxiation, beheading, coup de grace, death, deathblow, decapitation, despatch, dispatch, electrocution, euthanasia, fell, genocide, homicide, mercy killing, poisoning, race murder, racial extermination, ritual killing, sacrifice, self-annihilation, self-destruction, slaughter, suffocation, suicide

2. kill (act) the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile


SamplesThe pilot reported two kills during the mission.


Broader (hypernym)destruction, devastation


English verb: kill

1. kill (contact) cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly


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


ExamplesThey want to kill the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)annihilate, asphyxiate, assassinate, behead, brain, bump off, butcher, carry off, commit suicide, decapitate, decimate, decimate, decollate, destroy, dismember, dispatch, dispatch, do in, draw, draw and quarter, drown, electrocute, eliminate, eradicate, erase, execute, exterminate, extinguish, fry, hit, impale, kill off, knock off, lapidate, liquidate, lynch, martyr, massacre, mow down, murder, neutralise, neutralize, off, overlay, overlie, pip, poison, poison, polish off, put away, put down, put to death, put to sleep, quarter, remove, saber, sabre, sacrifice, shed blood, shoot, slaughter, slaughter, slay, smother, stake, stone, strangle, strangulate, suffocate, take off, throttle, tomahawk, vaporize, waste, wipe out, wipe out, zap


Causebuy 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


Verb groupkill

2. kill (social) thwart the passage of


SamplesKill a motion.
He shot down the student's proposal.


Synonymsdefeat, shoot down, vote down, vote out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)blackball, negative, veto

3. kill (change) end or extinguish by forceful means


SamplesStamp out poverty!.


Synonymsstamp out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

4. kill (stative) be fatal


SamplesCigarettes kill.
Drunken driving kills.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)be

5. kill (perception) be the source of great pain for


SamplesThese new shoes are killing me!.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)ache, hurt, suffer

6. kill (emotion) overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration


SamplesThe comedian was so funny, he was killing me!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm

7. kill (contact) hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games


SamplesShe killed the ball.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hit


Verb groupkill


Domain categoryathletics, sport

8. kill (contact) hit with great force


SamplesHe killed the ball.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hit


Verb groupkill


Domain categoryathletics, sport

9. kill (contact) deprive of life


SamplesAIDS has killed thousands in Africa.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)strike down


Verb groupkill

10. kill (contact) cause the death of, without intention


SamplesShe was killed in the collision of three cars.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)electrocute


Verb groupkill, kill

11. kill (consumption) drink down entirely


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


Synonymsbelt down, bolt down, down, drink down, pop, pour down, toss off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)drink, imbibe

12. kill (change) mark for deletion, rub off, or erase


SamplesKill these lines in the President's speech.


Synonymsobliterate, wipe out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)take away, take out

13. kill (change) tire out completely


SamplesThe daily stress of her work is killing her.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beat, exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up


Verb groupkill

14. kill (change) cause to cease operating


SamplesKill the engine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cut, switch off, turn off, turn out


Verb groupkill, kill

15. kill (change) destroy a vitally essential quality of or in


SamplesEating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)destroy, destruct


Verb groupkill









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