Definitions for killkɪl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to deprive of life; cause the death of; slay.
to destroy; do away with; extinguish.
to neutralize the active qualities of:
to kill an odor.
to spoil the effect of:
His extra brushwork killed the painting.
to cause (time) to pass with a minimum of boredom.
to spend (time) unprofitably.
Informal. to overcome completely or with irresistible effect:
That comedian kills me.
Informal. to cause distress or discomfort to.
Informal. to tire completely; exhaust.
Informal. to consume completely:
They killed a bottle of bourbon.
to cancel publication of (a word, item, etc.), esp. after it has been set in type.
to defeat or veto (a legislative bill, etc.).
to turn off; switch off:
to kill the lights; to kill an engine.
to hit (a tennis ball, volleyball, etc.) with such force that its return is impossible.
(v.i.)to inflict or cause death.
to commit murder.
to be killed.
to overcome completely; produce an irresistible effect:
dressed to kill.
Informal. to feel a smarting pain, as from a minor accident; sting.
kill off, to destroy completely.
Category: Verb Phrase
(n.)the act of killing, esp. game.
an animal or animals killed.
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
a channel; creek; stream; river: used esp. in place names.
* Chiefly New York State..
Origin of kill:
1660–70; < D kil, MD kille channel
killing, kill, putting to death(noun)
the act of terminating a life
the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
"the pilot reported two kills during the mission"
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, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out(verb)
thwart the passage of
"kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"
stamp out, kill(verb)
end or extinguish by forceful means
"Stamp out poverty!"
"cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills"
be the source of great pain for
"These new shoes are killing me!"
overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
"The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"
hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games
"She killed the ball"
hit with great force
"He killed the ball"
deprive of life
"AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"
cause the death of, without intention
"She was killed in the collision of three cars"
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"
kill, obliterate, wipe out(verb)
mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
"kill these lines in the President's speech"
tire out completely
"The daily stress of her work is killing her"
cause to cease operating
"kill the engine"
destroy a vitally essential quality of or in
"Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to cause to die
Four people have been killed in a road accident.; What drives a person to kill?
to cause to end
His arrival killed all conversation.
to cause pain
My feet are killing me after all that dancing.
to pass time doing
I killed a few hours reading my book.
indicates sb will be very angry with sb
My Dad'll kill me if I'm not home by 11.
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
to deprive of life, animal or vegetable, in any manner or by any means; to render inanimate; to put to death; to slay
to destroy; to ruin; as, to kill one's chances; to kill the sale of a book
to cause to cease; to quell; to calm; to still; as, in seamen's language, a shower of rain kills the wind
to destroy the effect of; to counteract; to neutralize; as, alkali kills acid
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'kill' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2341
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'kill' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1891
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.
- matançaPortuguese (BR)
- Wild erlegenGerman
- θανάτωση, φονικόGreek
- قتل؛ کشتارFarsi
- miseà mortFrench
- elejtés (vadé)Hungarian
- uccisione, omicidioItalian
- užmušimas, nužudymasLithuanian
- medīšana; medījumsLatvian
- het dodenDutch
- drap, drepingNorwegian
- ubicie (zwierzyny)Polish
- قتل؛ کشتارPersian
- وژل،مړكول،له منڅه وړلPashto
- dödande, jaktbyteSwedish
- öldürme, avlamaTurkish
- 殺Chinese (Trad.)
- убивство; забійUkrainian
- مارنے کا عملUrdu
- sự giếtVietnamese
- 杀Chinese (Simp.)
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