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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exterminate, kill off(verb)

    kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many

    "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. kill offɪl

    to cause to die

    a substance that will kill off germs

  2. kill offɪl

    to cause to end

    supermarkets that have killed off small grocery stores


  1. kill off(Verb)

    To eliminate, or make extinct


  1. Kill off

    The killing off of a character is a device in fiction, whereby a character dies but the story continues. The term, frequently applied to television, film and chronological series, often denotes an untimely or unexpected death motivated by factors beyond the storyline. It also implies a critical or cynical attitude towards a work, and is rarely used by authors when discussing their own works. In productions featuring actors, the unwillingness or inability of an actor to continue with the production, for financial or other reasons, may lead to that character being "killed off" or removed from the storyline.

Translations for kill off

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

kill off

to destroy completely

So many deer have been shot that the species has almost been killed off.

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