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extinguish

Definition of extinguish

Etymology

    < 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").

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ɪkˈstɪŋ.wɪʃ/, SAMPA: /Ik"stIN.gwiS/

Verb

to extinguish (third-person singular simple present extinguishes, present participle extinguishing, simple past and past participle extinguished)

  1. (transitive) to put out, as in fire; to end burning; to quench
  2. (transitive) to destroy or abolish something

    She extinguished all my hopes.

  3. (transitive) to obscure or eclipse something

    The rays of the sun were extinguished by the thunder clouds.

  4. (transitive, psychology) to bring about the extinction of a conditioned reflex
  5. (transitive, literally) to hunt down (a species) to extinction

Synonyms

  • put out, quench

Related terms

  • extinct
  • extinction
  • extinguisher
  • fire extinguisher

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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