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English verb: extinguish

1. extinguish (change) put an end to; kill


SamplesThe Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children.


Synonymssnuff out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Broader (hypernym)do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of


Narrower (hyponym)put out, smother, stamp

2. extinguish (weather) put out, as of fires, flames, or lights


SamplesToo big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained.
Quench the flames.
Snuff out the candles.


Synonymsblow out, quench, snuff out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Narrower (hyponym)black out, douse, put out, stub


Antonymsignite, light

3. extinguish (change) extinguish by crushing


SamplesStub out your cigar.


Synonymscrush out, press out, stub out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

4. extinguish (change) terminate, end, or take out


SamplesLet's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics.
Socialism extinguished these archaic customs.
Eliminate my debts.


Synonymsdo away with, eliminate, get rid of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Broader (hypernym)destroy, destruct


Narrower (hyponym)cancel out, cut, cut out, decouple, decouple, drown, except, exclude, extinguish, knock out, leave off, leave out, obliterate, omit, prune, rationalise, rationalize, snuff out, take out, wipe out

5. extinguish (change) kill in large numbers


SamplesThe plague wiped out an entire population.


Synonymsannihilate, carry off, decimate, eliminate, eradicate, wipe out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
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Broader (hypernym)kill


Verb groupdecimate









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