Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial.


tr.v. ex·tin·guished, ex·tin·guish·ing, ex·tin·guish·es
1. To cause (a fire or light) to stop burning or shining; put out.
2. To put an end to or make extinct; destroy: "Her death extinguished the dream of family that was closest to his heart" (Karen Lystra). See Synonyms at annihilate.
3. Psychology To bring about the extinction of (a conditioned response).

[Latin exstinguere : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + stinguere, to quench; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·tin′guish·a·ble adj.
ex·tin′guish·ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.extinguishing - the act of extinguishingextinguishing - the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning; "the extinction of the lights"
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
References in classic literature ?
I had serious thoughts of getting a pitcher of water and extinguishing that light too; but it was evident his curiosity was too keenly excited to be quenched by that, and the more I manifested my anxiety to baffle his scrutiny, the greater would be his determination to persist in it besides it was too late.
Whereas, by a statute made in the reign of his imperial majesty Calin Deffar Plune, it is enacted, that, whoever shall make water within the precincts of the royal palace, shall be liable to the pains and penalties of high-treason; notwithstanding, the said Quinbus Flestrin, in open breach of the said law, under colour of extinguishing the fire kindled in the apartment of his majesty's most dear imperial consort, did maliciously, traitorously, and devilishly, by discharge of his urine, put out the said fire kindled in the said apartment, lying and being within the precincts of the said royal palace, against the statute in that case provided, etc.
But who can describe the thousand means of extinguishing the moccoletto?
The facchino follows the prince, the Transteverin the citizen, every one blowing, extinguishing, relighting.
An intelligent writer expresses himself on this subject to this effect: "NEIGHBORING NATIONS (says he) are naturally enemies of each other unless their common weakness forces them to league in a CONFEDERATE REPUBLIC, and their constitution prevents the differences that neighborhood occasions, extinguishing that secret jealousy which disposes all states to aggrandize themselves at the expense of their neighbors.
Immediately the twenty men rushed forward, seizing pails, buckets, jars, barrels, and extinguishing the fire with as much ardor as they had, an instant before employed in promoting it.
Electronic auction: maintenance of technical means of fire protection (automatic fire extinguishing systems, fire alarm systems and warning of people about a fire) and restoration of working capacity of technical means of fire protection (automatic fire extinguishing systems, fire alarm systems and fire warning) (current and minor repairs ) (hereinafter, if necessary, to and r tsppz)
About 50 teaching and non-teaching staff attended the programme that had a fire extinguishing drill as the highlight of the session.
Fires involving ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, rubber plastics and textile fibers where a cooling, blanketing or wetting extinguishing agent is needed.
Cooling efforts were underway after extinguishing the fire, the officials maintained.
BAGHDAD / National Iraqi News Agency / nina / Oil Ministry announced that "Kuwait supplied Iraq with equipment and vehicles specialized in extinguishing the fires of oil wells in the Qayyarah district, south of the city of Mosul sparked by the terrorist gangs of Daesh before its liberation.
In return for extinguishing the exchangeable notes, noteholders will receive consideration in the form of SunEdison's membership equity interest in certain under development renewable energy assets as well as a specified number of Class A shares of TerraForm Power, Inc.