What does extinguish mean?

Definitions for extinguishɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word extinguish.

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [L. extinguere, exstinguere; ex out + stinguere to quench. See Distinguish, Finish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extinguish

    eks-ting′gwish, v.t. to quench: to destroy, annihilate: to obscure by superior splendour.—v.i. to die out.—adj. Exting′uishable.—ns. Exting′uisher, one who, or that which, extinguishes: a small hollow conical instrument for putting out a candle—also in Fr. form Extincteur; Exting′uishment, the act of extinguishing: (law) putting an end to a right by consolidation or union. [L. extinguĕre, extinctumex, out, stinguĕre, to quench.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extinguish in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extinguish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    It doesn’t extinguish the fire with ice. (On n’éteint pas le feu - Avec des glaçons.)

  2. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

    Oh, Lord, bestow me with the power, that as much as I love her, I extinguish the need of loving her within me.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Don't challenge the world before becoming a big fire; otherwise they will extinguish you even with little spits!

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.

  5. Donald Trump:

    It is like a massive wildfire that is burning the African-American community, and society has not devoted sufficient resources to control it, much less extinguish it.

Images & Illustrations of extinguish

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