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kill 1

v. killed, kill·ing, kills
a. To put to death: Who killed Julius Caesar?
b. To deprive of life: Smallpox killed millions of people in the 1900s.
2. To put an end to; extinguish: The rain killed our plans for a picnic.
a. To destroy a vitally essential quality in: Too much garlic killed the taste of the meat.
b. To cause to cease operating; turn off: killed the motor.
c. To tire out completely; exhaust: "The trip to work, and the boredom and nervousness of jobs, kills men" (Jimmy Breslin).
4. To pass (time) in aimless activity: killed a few hours before the flight by sightseeing.
5. To consume entirely; finish off: kill a bottle of brandy.
6. Sports To prevent the opposing team from scoring on a power play during (a penalty), as in ice hockey.
7. To cause extreme pain or discomfort to: My shoes are killing me.
8. To mark for deletion; rule out: killed the story.
9. To thwart passage of; veto: kill a congressional bill.
10. Informal To overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration: The outstanding finale killed the audience.
11. Sports
a. To hit (a ball) with great force.
b. To hit (a ball) with such force as to make a return impossible, as in volleyball.
1. To cause death or extinction; be fatal.
2. Informal To make such a strong impression as to overcome: dress to kill.
3. Informal To be very painful or uncomfortable.
1. The act of killing.
a. An animal killed, especially in hunting.
b. A person killed or to be killed: "Infantrymen ... had seen too many kills suddenly get up and run away or shoot at them as they approached" (Nelson DeMille).
c. An event in which large numbers of individuals are killed: a fish kill.
d. The act of attacking and destroying an enemy aircraft, vessel, or missile.
3. Sports In games such as volleyball and tennis, a shot that is so forcefully hit that it cannot be returned.
Phrasal Verb:
kill off
To destroy in large numbers, often to the point of extinction.
in at/on the kill
Present at the moment of triumph.

[Middle English killen, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

kill 2

n. New York State
See creek. See Note at run.

[Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.kill off - kill en massekill off - kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many; "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
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vt sep
vernichten, töten; whole raceausrotten, vernichten; cows, pigs, elephantsabschlachten; infectionabtöten; weedsvertilgen; character in TV seriessterben lassen
(fig) hopeszerstören; speculationein Ende machen (+dat); jobsstreichen; companyzugrunde or zu Grunde richten


(kil) verb
to cause the death of. He killed the rats with poison; The outbreak of typhoid killed many people; The flat tyre killed our hopes of getting home before midnight.
an act of killing. The hunter was determined to make a kill before returning to the camp.
ˈkiller noun
a person, animal etc that kills. There is a killer somewhere in the village; (also adjective) a killer disease.
kill off
to destroy completely. So many deer have been shot that the species has almost been killed off.
kill time
to find something to do to use up spare time. I'm just killing time until I hear whether I've got a job or not.
References in classic literature ?
In Noah's flood, he despised Noah's Ark; and if ever the world is to be again flooded, like the Netherlands, to kill off its rats, then the eternal whale will still survive, and rearing upon the topmost crest of the equatorial flood, spout his frothed defiance to the skies.
But our best hope, it was decided, was to kill off the buccaneers until they either hauled down their flag or ran away with the HISPANIOLA.
Once a Sultan proposed to kill off all the dogs here, and did begin the work--but the populace raised such a howl of horror about it that the massacre was stayed.
In the face of handicaps such as these the packers counted themselves lucky if they could kill off the cattle that had been crippled in transit and the hogs that had developed disease.
As to Marie, she has spirit enough, to be sure, to kill off a whole plantation, if I'd let her manage; but she wouldn't get the cheatery out of them.
Who can flourish in the midst of diseases that kill off whole peoples.
We will simply not kill off another boyfriend," Thomas told (http://tvline.
Producer Iain MacLeod has admitted he was tempted to kill off more than one of the village favourites.
WA Labor has announced its $20 million plan to kill off the $1.
The actress - who plays Erica Holroyd - says she's worried Kate will want to "put her stamp" on the soap following reports of plans to kill off key characters.
He said: "The Chinese state is absorbing these losses itself in order to kill off competition.
Shocked and completely wrongfooted, we then really shouldn't have been surprised when producers went on to kill off more famous faces.