Definitions for extinguishɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•tin•guishɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ(v.t.)

  1. to cause to stop burning; put out:

    to extinguish a fire.

  2. to put an end to or bring to an end; wipe out of existence; annihilate:

    to extinguish hope.

  3. to obscure or eclipse, as by superior brilliance.

  4. Law. to discharge (a debt), as by payment.

    Category: Law

Origin of extinguish:

1535–45; < L ex(s)tingu(ere) (ex-ex -1+stinguere to quench) + -ish2


Princeton's WordNet

  1. snuff out, extinguish(verb)

    put an end to; kill

    "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"

  2. snuff out, blow out, extinguish, quench(verb)

    put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

    "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained"; "quench the flames"; "snuff out the candles"

  3. stub out, crush out, extinguish, press out(verb)

    extinguish by crushing

    "stub out your cigar"

  4. extinguish, eliminate, get rid of, do away with(verb)

    terminate, end, or take out

    "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"

  5. eliminate, annihilate, extinguish, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off(verb)

    kill in large numbers

    "the plague wiped out an entire population"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. extinguish(verb)ɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ

    to stop a fire burning

    Firefighters extinguished the blaze.


  1. extinguish(Verb)

    to put out, as in fire; to end burning; to quench

  2. extinguish(Verb)

    to destroy or abolish something

    She extinguished all my hopes.

  3. extinguish(Verb)

    to obscure or eclipse something

    The rays of the sun were extinguished by the thunder clouds.

  4. extinguish(Verb)

    to bring about the extinction of a conditioned reflex

  5. extinguish(Verb)

    to hunt down (a species) to extinction

  6. Origin: From extinguo, past participle extinctus, from ex + stinguere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extinguish(verb)

    to quench; to put out, as a light or fire; to stifle; to cause to die out; to put an end to; to destroy; as, to extinguish a flame, or life, or love, or hope, a pretense or a right

  2. Extinguish(verb)

    to obscure; to eclipse, as by superior splendor

Translations for extinguish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to put out (a fire etc)

Please extinguish your cigarettes.

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