Definitions for killkɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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.

    Category: Informal

  8. Informal. to cause distress or discomfort to.

    Category: Informal

  9. Informal. to tire completely; exhaust.

    Category: Informal

  10. Informal. to consume completely:

    They killed a bottle of bourbon.

    Category: Informal

  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.).

    Category: Government

  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.

    Category: Sport

  15. (v.i.)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.

    Category: Informal

  20. kill off, to destroy completely.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. (n.)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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of kill:

1175–1225; ME cullen, killen, OE *cyllan; akin to Fris küllen to vex, strike, OHG chollen to vex, kill; cf. quell



  1. a channel; creek; stream; river: used esp. in place names.

    Category: Dialect

* Chiefly New York State..

Origin of kill:

1660–70; < D kil, MD kille channel

Princeton's WordNet

  1. killing, kill, putting to death(noun)

    the act of terminating a life

  2. kill(verb)

    the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile

    "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"

  3. kill(verb)

    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"

  4. kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out(verb)

    thwart the passage of

    "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"

  5. stamp out, kill(verb)

    end or extinguish by forceful means

    "Stamp out poverty!"

  6. kill(verb)

    be fatal

    "cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills"

  7. kill(verb)

    be the source of great pain for

    "These new shoes are killing me!"

  8. kill(verb)

    overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

    "The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"

  9. kill(verb)

    hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games

    "She killed the ball"

  10. kill(verb)

    hit with great force

    "He killed the ball"

  11. kill(verb)

    deprive of life

    "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"

  12. kill(verb)

    cause the death of, without intention

    "She was killed in the collision of three cars"

  13. toss off, pop, bolt down, belt down, pour down, down, drink down, kill(verb)

    drink down entirely

    "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They popped a few beer after work"

  14. kill, obliterate, wipe out(verb)

    mark for deletion, rub off, or erase

    "kill these lines in the President's speech"

  15. kill(verb)

    tire out completely

    "The daily stress of her work is killing her"

  16. kill(verb)

    cause to cease operating

    "kill the engine"

  17. kill(verb)

    destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

    "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. kill(verb)ɪl

    to cause to die

    Four people have been killed in a road accident.; What drives a person to kill?

  2. killɪl

    to cause to end

    His arrival killed all conversation.

  3. killɪl

    to cause pain

    My feet are killing me after all that dancing.

  4. killɪl

    to pass time doing

    I killed a few hours reading my book.

  5. killɪl

    indicates sb will be very angry with sb

    My Dad'll kill me if I'm not home by 11.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kill(noun)

    a kiln

  2. Kill(noun)

    a channel or arm of the sea; a river; a stream; as, the channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills; -- used also in composition; as, Schuylkill, Catskill, etc

  3. Kill(verb)

    to deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to slay

  4. Kill(verb)

    to destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill the sale of a book

  5. Kill(verb)

    to cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind

  6. Kill(verb)

    to destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kill' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2341

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kill' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1891

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kill' in Verbs Frequency: #143

Translations for kill

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of killing

The hunter was determined to make a kill before returning to the camp.

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