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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.]
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vb (mainly tr)
1. (also intr; when tr, sometimes foll by off) to cause the death of (a person or animal)
2. to put an end to; destroy: to kill someone's interest.
3. to make (time) pass quickly, esp while waiting for something
4. to deaden (sound)
5. informal to tire out; exhaust: the effort killed him.
6. informal to cause to suffer pain or discomfort: my shoes are killing me.
7. informal to cancel, cut, or delete: to kill three lines of text.
8. informal to quash, defeat, or veto: the bill was killed in the House of Lords.
9. informal to switch off; stop: to kill a motor.
10. (also intr) informal to overcome with attraction, laughter, surprise, etc: she was dressed to kill; his gags kill me.
11. slang to consume (alcoholic drink) entirely: he killed three bottles of rum.
12. (General Sporting Terms) sport to hit (a ball) so hard or so accurately that the opponent cannot return it
13. (Soccer) soccer to bring (a moving ball) under control; trap
14. kill oneself informal to overexert oneself: don't kill yourself.
15. kill two birds with one stone to achieve two results with one action
16. the act of causing death, esp at the end of a hunt, bullfight, etc
17. the animal or animals killed during a hunt
18. NZ the seasonal tally of stock slaughtered at a freezing works
19. (Military) the destruction of a battleship, tank, etc
20. in at the kill present at the end or climax of some undertaking
[C13 cullen; perhaps related to Old English cwellan to kill; compare German (Westphalian dialect) küllen; see quell]


(Physical Geography) US a channel, stream, or river (chiefly as part of place names)
[C17: from Middle Dutch kille; compare Old Norse kīll small bay, creek]
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1. to deprive of life; cause the death of; slay.
2. to destroy; do away with; extinguish.
3. to neutralize the active qualities of: to kill an odor.
4. to spoil the effect of: His extra brushwork killed the painting.
5. to cause (time) to pass with a minimum of boredom.
6. to spend (time) unprofitably.
7. Informal. to overcome completely or with irresistible effect: That comedian kills me.
8. Informal. to cause distress or discomfort to.
9. Informal. to tire completely; exhaust.
10. Informal. to consume completely: They killed a bottle of bourbon.
11. to cancel publication of (a word, item, etc.), esp. after it has been set in type.
12. to defeat or veto (a legislative bill, etc.).
13. to turn off; switch off: to kill the lights; to kill an engine.
14. to hit (a tennis ball, volleyball, etc.) with such force that its return is impossible.
15. to inflict or cause death.
16. to commit murder.
17. to be killed.
18. to overcome completely; produce an irresistible effect: dressed to kill.
19. Informal. to feel a smarting pain, as from a minor accident; sting.
20. kill off, to destroy completely.
21. the act of killing, esp. game.
22. an animal or animals killed.
23. an act or instance of destroying a target, esp. an enemy aircraft.
[1175–1225; Middle English cullen, killen, Old English *cyllan; akin to Frisian küllen to vex, strike, Old High German chollen to vex, kill; compare quell]
kill′a•ble, adj.



n. Chiefly New York State.
a channel; creek; stream; river: used esp. in place names.
[1660–70; < Dutch kil, Middle Dutch kille channel]
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 the carcasses of birds or animals killed by a sportsman. See also bag.
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Past participle: killed
Gerund: killing

I kill
you kill
he/she/it kills
we kill
you kill
they kill
I killed
you killed
he/she/it killed
we killed
you killed
they killed
Present Continuous
I am killing
you are killing
he/she/it is killing
we are killing
you are killing
they are killing
Present Perfect
I have killed
you have killed
he/she/it has killed
we have killed
you have killed
they have killed
Past Continuous
I was killing
you were killing
he/she/it was killing
we were killing
you were killing
they were killing
Past Perfect
I had killed
you had killed
he/she/it had killed
we had killed
you had killed
they had killed
I will kill
you will kill
he/she/it will kill
we will kill
you will kill
they will kill
Future Perfect
I will have killed
you will have killed
he/she/it will have killed
we will have killed
you will have killed
they will have killed
Future Continuous
I will be killing
you will be killing
he/she/it will be killing
we will be killing
you will be killing
they will be killing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been killing
you have been killing
he/she/it has been killing
we have been killing
you have been killing
they have been killing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been killing
you will have been killing
he/she/it will have been killing
we will have been killing
you will have been killing
they will have been killing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been killing
you had been killing
he/she/it had been killing
we had been killing
you had been killing
they had been killing
I would kill
you would kill
he/she/it would kill
we would kill
you would kill
they would kill
Past Conditional
I would have killed
you would have killed
he/she/it would have killed
we would have killed
you would have killed
they would have killed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kill - the act of terminating a lifekill - the act of terminating a life  
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
coup de grace, deathblow - the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
death - the act of killing; "he had two deaths on his conscience"
euthanasia, mercy killing - the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
homicide - the killing of a human being by another human being
despatch, dispatch - killing a person or animal
fell - the act of felling something (as a tree)
self-annihilation, self-destruction - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"
slaughter - the killing of animals (as for food)
poisoning - the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
suffocation, asphyxiation - killing by depriving of oxygen
ritual killing, sacrifice - the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
electrocution - killing by electric shock
beheading, decapitation - killing by cutting off the head
genocide, race murder, racial extermination - systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
2.kill - the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile; "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
Verb1.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"
annihilate, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, eliminate, carry off, extinguish - kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population"
decimate - kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
drown - kill by submerging in water; "He drowned the kittens"
massacre, mow down, slaughter - kill a large number of people indiscriminately; "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"
erase, wipe out - remove from memory or existence; "The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915"
butcher, slaughter - kill (animals) usually for food consumption; "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"
poison - kill with poison; "She poisoned her husband"
lapidate, stone - kill by throwing stones at; "People wanted to stone the woman who had a child out of wedlock"
poison - kill by its poison; "This mushrooms can poison"
commit suicide - kill oneself; "the terminally ill patient committed suicide"
dispatch - kill without delay; "the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators"
vaporize, zap - kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting; "in this computer game, space travellers are vaporized by aliens"
kill - cause the death of, without intention; "She was killed in the collision of three cars"
sacrifice - kill or destroy; "The animals were sacrificed after the experiment"; "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"
take off - prove fatal; "The disease took off"
tomahawk - kill with a tomahawk
destroy, put down - put (an animal) to death; "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid"; "the sick cat had to be put down"
saber, sabre - kill with a saber
overlay, overlie - kill by lying on; "The sow overlay her piglets"
brain - kill by smashing someone's skull
put to sleep, put away - kill gently, as with an injection; "the cat was very ill and we had to put it to sleep"
do in, knock off, liquidate, neutralise, neutralize, waste - get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"
exterminate, kill off - kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many; "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe"
asphyxiate, suffocate, smother - deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"
strangle, strangulate, throttle - kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air; "he tried to strangle his opponent"; "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes"
behead, decapitate, decollate - cut the head of; "the French King was beheaded during the Revolution"
impale, stake - kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies were impaled and left to die"
dismember - separate the limbs from the body; "the tiger dismembered the tourist"
martyr - kill as a martyr; "Saint Sebastian was martyred"
shed blood - kill violently; "They will never stop shedding the blood of their enemies"
murder, off, bump off, slay, polish off, dispatch, remove, hit - kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
assassinate - murder; especially of socially prominent persons; "Anwar Sadat was assassinated because many people did not like his peace politics with Israel"
execute, put to death - kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment; "In some states, criminals are executed"
draw and quarter, quarter, draw - pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him; "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"
lynch - kill without legal sanction; "The blood-thirsty mob lynched the alleged killer of the child"
pip, shoot - kill by firing a missile
electrocute, fry - kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair; "The serial killer was electrocuted"
exterminate, kill off - kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many; "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe"
2.kill - thwart the passage ofkill - thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"
negative, veto, blackball - vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill"
3.kill - end or extinguish by forceful means; "Stamp out poverty!"
terminate, end - bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"
4.kill - be fatal; "cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
5.kill - be the source of great pain for; "These new shoes are killing me!"
ache, hurt, suffer - feel physical pain; "Were you hurting after the accident?"
6.kill - overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration; "The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"
overwhelm, sweep over, whelm, overpower, overtake, overcome - overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
7.kill - hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games; "She killed the ball"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
hit - cause to move by striking; "hit a ball"
kill - hit with great force; "He killed the ball"
8.kill - hit with great force; "He killed the ball"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
hit - cause to move by striking; "hit a ball"
kill - hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games; "She killed the ball"
9.kill - deprive of life; "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"
kill - cause the death of, without intention; "She was killed in the collision of three cars"
strike down - cause to die, especially suddenly; "The disease struck down many young men in the village"
10.kill - cause the death of, without intention; "She was killed in the collision of three cars"
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"
kill - deprive of life; "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"
electrocute - kill by electric shock; "She dropped the hair dryer into the bathtub and was instantly electrocuted"
11.kill - drink down entirelykill - drink down entirely; "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They popped a few beer after work"
drink, imbibe - take in liquids; "The patient must drink several liters each day"; "The children like to drink soda"
12.kill - mark for deletion, rub off, or erase; "kill these lines in the President's speech"
take away, take out - take out or remove; "take out the chicken after adding the vegetables"
13.kill - tire out completely; "The daily stress of her work is killing her"
exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up, beat - wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
kill - cause to cease operating; "kill the engine"
14.kill - cause to cease operating; "kill the engine"
kill - destroy a vitally essential quality of or in; "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"
kill - tire out completely; "The daily stress of her work is killing her"
switch off, turn off, turn out, cut - cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch; "Turn off the stereo, please"; "cut the engine"; "turn out the lights"
15.kill - destroy a vitally essential quality of or in; "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"
kill - cause to cease operating; "kill the engine"
destroy, destruct - do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"
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1. slay, murder, execute, slaughter, destroy, waste (informal), do in (slang), take out (slang), massacre, butcher, wipe out (informal), dispatch, cut down, erase, assassinate, eradicate, whack (informal), do away with, blow away (slang, chiefly U.S.), obliterate, knock off (slang), liquidate, decimate, annihilate, neutralize, exterminate, croak, mow down, take (someone's) life, bump off (slang), extirpate, wipe from the face of the earth (informal) More than 1,000 people have been killed by the armed forces.
2. (Informal) destroy, defeat, crush, scotch, still, stop, total (slang), ruin, halt, cancel, wreck, shatter, veto, suppress, dismantle, stifle, trash (slang), ravage, eradicate, smother, quash, quell, extinguish, annihilate, put paid to Public opinion may yet kill the proposal.
4. (Informal) hurt, burn, smart, sting, ache, throb, be uncomfortable, be tender, be sore My feet are killing me.
5. pass, spend, fill, waste, occupy, use up, while away We've got at least an hour to kill.
6. (Informal) switch off, cut, stop, cut off, put out, shut down, turn off, extinguish Latovsky killed the lights and motor.
1. killing, murder, massacre, slaughter, execution, dispatch, slaying, bloodshed, carnage, extermination, butchery After the kill they collect in an open space.
kill yourself overexert yourself, do too much, drive yourself, burn the candle at both ends (informal), wear yourself out, strain yourself, knock yourself out, push yourself too hard, work yourself to death, overstrain yourself, overtire yourself, overwork yourself, overtax yourself Don't kill yourself trying to get this finished in time.
"Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conqueror. Kill all and you are a God" [Jean Rostand Pensées d'un Biologiste]
"Thou shalt not kill" Bible: Exodus
"Thou shalt not kill; but needst not strive"
"Officiously, to keep alive" [Arthur Hugh Clough The Latest Decalogue]
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kill 1

1. To cause the death of:
Slang: waste, zap.
2. To take the life of (a person or persons) unlawfully:
Informal: put away.
4. To pass (time) without working or in avoiding work:
dawdle (away), fiddle away, idle (away), trifle away, waste, while (away), wile (away).

kill 2

Chiefly Regional. A small stream:
Chiefly Regional: branch, run.
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1. (gen) → matar, dar muerte a (frm); (= murder) → asesinar, matar; [+ animal] → matar, sacrificar
he was killed in the explosionmurió en la explosión
he was killed by an enemy agentlo mató un agente enemigo
I'll kill you for this!¡te voy a matar!
to be killed in action or battlemorir en combate, morir luchando
I'll do it if it kills melo haré aunque me vaya en ello la vida
the pace is killing himel ritmo de trabajo lo está matando
this heat is killing meeste calor acabará conmigo
my feet are killing melos pies me están matando
to kill o.smatarse; (= commit suicide) → suicidarse
he certainly doesn't kill himself (with work)! (fig) (hum) → ¡desde luego ese a trabajar no se mata!
he was killing himself laughingse moría de (la) risa
to kill two birds with one stonematar dos pájaros de un tiro
2. (fig) [+ story] → suprimir; [+ rumour] → acabar con; [+ proposal, bill] → echar abajo; [+ feeling, hope] → destruir; [+ pain] → calmar; [+ flavour, taste] → matar; [+ sound] → amortiguar; [+ engine] → parar, apagar; [+ lights] → apagar
to kill timematar el rato
3.hacer morir de risa
this will kill youte vas a morir de (la) risa
B. VI thou shalt not kill (Bible) → no matarás
to be dressed to killir despampanante
C. N (Hunting, Bullfighting) → muerte f; (= animal killed) → pieza f; (= number of animals killed) → caza f
to go in for the kill (lit) → entrar a matar
to be in at the kill (lit) → asistir a la matanza
kill off VT + ADV
1. (lit) → exterminar, acabar con
what killed off the dinosaurs?¿qué exterminó los dinosaurios?, ¿qué acabó con los dinosaurios?
the recession is killing off many small firmsla recesión está acabando con muchas pequeñas empresas
his character is killed off in the first episodematan or eliminan a su personaje en el primer episodio
2. (fig) [+ rumour] → acabar con; [+ proposal] → echar abajo; [+ hopes] → destruir
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[+ person, animal] → tuer
to be killed → être tué
He was killed in a car accident → Il a été tué dans un accident de voiture.
Luckily, nobody was killed → Heureusement, personne n'a été tué.
Six people were killed in the accident → Six personnes ont été tuées dans l'accident.
I'll do it if it kills me! → je le ferai, quelles qu'en soient les conséquences!
to kill o.s. (= commit suicide) → se tuer, se suicider
He killed himself → Il s'est suicidé., Il s'est tué.
to kill o.s. with laughter, to kill o.s. laughing → être mort de rire
They're sitting killing themselves with laughter → Ils sont assis là, morts de rire.
to kill o.s. (= work very hard)
You shouldn't have to kill yourself to do well → Vous ne devriez pas avoir à vous tuer à la tâche pour bien faire.
He certainly hasn't been killing himself → On ne peut pas dire qu'il se soit crevé. , On ne peut pas dire qu'il s'est tué à la tâche.
He didn't exactly kill himself to get here on time → On ne peut pas exactement dire qu'il se soit crevé pour arriver ici à l'heure.
(= hurt)
My back's killing me → Mon dos me tue.
My feet are killing me → Mes pieds me tuent.
[+ plant] → faire crever
(= stop) [+ rumour] → tuer dans l'œuf; [+ pain] → supprimer; [+ motor] → couper
We must kill this rumour once and for all → Nous devons tuer cette rumeur dans l'œuf.
I'll give you something to kill the pain → Je vais vous donner quelque chose pour supprimer la douleur.
to kill time → tuer le temps
to kill time doing sth → tuer le temps en faisant qch
(in hunt)mise f à mort
kill off
[+ animal] → faire mourir; [+ germs, bacteria] → faire mourir; [+ character] → faire mourir
(fig) [+ hope, speculations] → mettre fin à
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(lit)töten, umbringen; (by beating) → totschlagen, erschlagen; (by shooting) → erschießen, totschießen; (by stabbing) → erstechen, erdolchen; animalstöten; (Hunt) → erlegen; (= slaughter)schlachten; (shock)umbringen; painbeseitigen; weedsvernichten; to be killed in actionfallen; to be killed in battle/in the warim Kampf/Krieg fallen; too many people are killed on the roadszu viele Menschen sterben auf der Straße or kommen auf der Straße um; last year’s drought killed thousands of animalsbei der letztjährigen Trockenheit kamen Tausende or tausende von Tieren um; her brother was killed in a car accidentihr Bruder ist bei einem Autounfall ums Leben gekommen; how many were killed?wie viel Todesopfer gab es?; smoking will kill youdas Rauchen wird Sie (noch) das Leben kosten; the frost has killed my geraniumsmeine Geranien sind erfroren; she killed herselfsie brachte sich um, sie nahm sich (dat)das Leben; he was killed with this weapondies ist die Mord- or Tatwaffe; please, don’t kill mebitte, lassen Sie mich leben; he was killed by cancerer starb an Krebs; many people were killed by the plagueviele Menschen sind der Pest zum Opfer gefallen; he was killed with poison gaser wurde vergast; she was killed with a knifesie wurde (mit einem Messer) erstochen; he was killed with an axeer wurde mit einer Axt erschlagen; he was killed by a stray bulleter wurde von einer verirrten Kugel getötet; each man kills the thing he lovesjeder zerstört das, was er liebt; I’ll kill him! (also fig)den bring ich um (inf); the bullet killed himdie Kugel traf ihn tödlich, die Kugel tötete ihn
(fig) feelings, love etctöten, zerstören; to kill timedie Zeit totschlagen; we have two hours to killwir haben noch zwei Stunden übrig; to kill two birds with one stone (Prov) → zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe schlagen (Prov); these stairs are killing me (inf)diese Treppe bringt mich (noch mal) um (inf); she was killing herself (laughing) (inf)sie hat sich totgelacht or kaputtgelacht (inf); this one’ll kill you (inf)da lachst du dich tot (inf); a few more weeks won’t kill you (inf)noch ein paar Wochen bringen dich nicht um (inf); my feet are killing me (inf)mir brennen die Füße; I’ll do it (even) if it kills me (inf)ich mache es, und wenn es mich umbringt (inf); they’re not exactly killing themselves (inf: = overworking) → sie bringen sich nicht gerade um (inf), → sie reißen sich (dat)kein Bein aus; don’t kill yourself (iro)übernehmen Sie sich nicht; to kill somebody with kindnesses allzu gut mit jdm meinen
(= spoil the effect of) taste, performanceverderben, überdecken; hopesvernichten, zunichtemachen; this red kills the other coloursdieses Rot übertönt or erschlägt die anderen Farben
(= defeat) parliamentary bill, proposalzu Fall bringen; projectzum Scheitern bringen
soundschlucken; to kill a balleine Bombe schlagen (inf); kill that light! (inf)Licht aus!
(Press etc) paragraph, storystreichen, abwürgen (inf)
(Tech) engine etcabschalten, ausschalten; (Elec) circuitunterbrechen
(inf) bottleleer machen, auf den Kopf stellen (inf)
vitöten; cigarettes can killZigaretten können tödlich sein or tödliche Folgen haben; she was dressed to killsie hatte sich in Schale geworfen (inf)
(Hunt) → Erlegen nt, → Abschuss m; (at bullfight) → Todesstoß m; the wolves gathered round for the killdie Wölfe kreisten die Beute ein, um sie zu erlegen; the tiger has made a killder Tiger hat ein Opfer erlegt or geschlagen; to be in at the kill (lit)beim Abschuss dabei sein; (fig)den Schlussakt miterleben; to move or close in for the kill (lit)sich an die Beute anschleichen; (fig)zum entscheidenden Schlag ausholen
(Hunt etc: = animals killed) → Beute f no pl
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1. vt
a.uccidere, ammazzare
to be killed in action → essere ucciso/a in combattimento
to kill two birds with one stone (fig) → prendere due piccioni con una fava
this heat is killing me (fig) (fam) → sto morendo di caldo
my feet are killing me (fam) → i piedi mi fanno male da morire
he was killing himself laughing (fam) → moriva dal ridere or dalle risate
he certainly wasn't killing himself! (fig) (hum) → di sicuro non si ammazzava di fatica!
b. (fig) (pain) → togliere; (rumour) → mettere fine a; (story) → rovinare, guastare; (paragraph, line) → sopprimere; (newspaper article) → impedire la pubblicazione di, far saltare; (feeling, hope) → distruggere; (flavour, smell) → soffocare; (sound) → attutire, smorzare; (engine, motor) → fermare, spegnere
to kill time → ammazzare il tempo
2. n (Hunting, Bullfighting) → uccisione f
to be in at the kill (fig) → essere presente al colpo di grazia
kill off vt + advsterminare (fig) → eliminare; (rumour) → soffocare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


يَقْتُلُ zabít dræbe töten σκοτώνω matar tappaa tuer ubiti uccidere 殺す 죽이다 doden drepe zabić matar убивать döda ถูกฆ่า öldürmek giết 杀死
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


v. matar; [germs] exterminar;
to ___ timepasar el tiempo.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


vt matar
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