Definition of extinguish
< Latin extinguere, pp. extinctus ("to put out (what is burning), quench, extinguish, deprive of life, destory, abolish") < ex ("out") + stinguere ("to put out, quench, extinguish").
- IPA: /ɪkˈstɪŋ.wɪʃ/, SAMPA: /Ik"stIN.gwiS/
to extinguish (third-person singular simple present extinguishes, present participle extinguishing, simple past and past participle extinguished)
- (transitive) to put out, as in fire; to end burning; to quench
- (transitive) to destroy or abolish something
She extinguished all my hopes.
- (transitive) to obscure or eclipse something
The rays of the sun were extinguished by the thunder clouds.
- (transitive, psychology) to bring about the extinction of a conditioned reflex
- (transitive, literally) to hunt down (a species) to extinction
- fire extinguisher
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