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Definition 1: the act of terminating a life - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for kill in the sense of this definition

(kill is a kind of ...) the act of ending something

"the termination of the agreement"

(... is a kind of kill ) killing by cutting off the head

(... is a kind of kill ) killing by electric shock

(... is a kind of kill ) the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity

(... is a kind of kill ) killing by depriving of oxygen

(... is a kind of kill ) the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill

(... is a kind of kill ) the killing of animals (as for food)

(... is a kind of kill ) the act of killing yourself

"it is a crime to commit suicide"

(... is a kind of kill ) the act of felling something (as a tree)

(... is a kind of kill ) killing a person or animal

(... is a kind of kill ) the killing of a human being by another human being

(... is a kind of kill ) the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)

(... is a kind of kill ) the act of killing

"he had two deaths on his conscience"

(... is a kind of kill ) the blow that kills (usually mercifully)

(... is a kind of kill ) systematic killing of a racial or cultural group

Definition 2: the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile - [noun denoting act]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the pilot reported two kills during the mission

(kill is a kind of ...) the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

Definition 3: the body of an animal, or bodies of animals, killed by a person or another animal - [noun denoting animal]

(kill is a kind of ...) a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person

"they found the body in the lake"

Definition 4: mark for deletion, rub off, or erase - [verb of change]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • kill these lines in the President's speech

Synonyms for kill in the sense of this definition

(kill is a kind of ...) take out or remove

"take out the chicken after adding the vegetables"

Definition 5: destroy a vitally essential quality of or in - [verb of change]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods

(kill is a kind of ...) do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

"The fire destroyed the house"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) cause to cease operating

"kill the engine"

Definition 6: cause to cease operating - [verb of change]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • kill the engine

(kill is a kind of ...) cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch

"Turn off the stereo, please" "cut the engine" "turn out the lights"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

"Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) tire out completely

"The daily stress of her work is killing her"

Definition 7: tire out completely - [verb of change]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The daily stress of her work is killing her

(kill is a kind of ...) wear out completely

"This kind of work exhausts me" "I'm beat" "He was all washed up after the exam"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) cause to cease operating

"kill the engine"

Definition 8: end or extinguish by forceful means - [verb of change]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Stamp out poverty!

Synonyms for kill in the sense of this definition

(kill is a kind of ...) bring to an end or halt

"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime" "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

Definition 9: drink down entirely - [verb of consumption]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He downed three martinis before dinner
  • She killed a bottle of brandy that night
  • They popped a few beer after work

Synonyms for kill in the sense of this definition

(kill is a kind of ...) take in liquids

"The patient must drink several liters each day" "The children like to drink soda"

Definition 10: cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly - [verb of contact]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank
  • The farmer killed a pig for the holidays

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair

"The serial killer was electrocuted"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by smashing someone's skull

(... is a kind of kill ) kill gently, as with an injection

"the cat was very ill and we had to put it to sleep"

(... is a kind of kill ) get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

"The mafia liquidated the informer" "the double agent was neutralized"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many

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

(... is a kind of kill ) deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing

"Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow" "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

"he tried to strangulate his opponent" "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes"

(... is a kind of kill ) cut the head of

"the French King was beheaded during the Revolution"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

"the enemies were impaled and left to die"

(... is a kind of kill ) separate the limbs from the body

"the tiger dismembered the tourist"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill as a martyr

"Saint Sebastian was martyred"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill violently

"They will never stop shedding the blood of their enemies"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill intentionally and with premeditation

"The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"

(... is a kind of kill ) murder; especially of socially prominent persons

"Anwar Sadat was assassinated because many people did not like his peace politics with Israel"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment

"In some states, criminals are executed"

(... is a kind of kill ) pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him

"in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill without legal sanction

"The blood-thirsty mob lynched the alleged killer of the child"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by firing a missile

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by lying on

"The sow overlay her piglets"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill with a saber

(... is a kind of kill ) kill in large numbers

"the plague wiped out an entire population"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by submerging in water

"He drowned the kittens"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill a large number of people indiscriminately

"The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"

(... is a kind of kill ) remove from memory or existence

"The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill (animals) usually for food consumption

"They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill with poison

"She poisoned her husband"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by throwing stones at

"People wanted to stone the woman who had a child out of wedlock"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by its poison

"This mushrooms can poison"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill oneself

"the terminally ill patient committed suicide"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill without delay

"the traitor was dispatched by the conspirators"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting

"in this computer game, space travellers are vaporized by aliens"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill or destroy

"The animals were sacrificed after the experiment" "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"

(... is a kind of kill ) prove fatal

"The disease took off"

(... is a kind of kill ) kill with a tomahawk

(... is a kind of kill ) put (an animal) to death

"The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid" "the sick cat had to be put down"

(kill causes ...) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

"She died from cancer" "The children perished in the fire" "The patient went peacefully" "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) cause the death of, without intention

"She was killed in the collision of three cars"

Definition 11: cause the death of, without intention - [verb of contact]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She was killed in the collision of three cars

(... is a kind of kill ) kill by electric shock

"She dropped the hair dryer into the bathtub and was instantly electrocuted"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) 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 has a similar meaning as ...) deprive of life

"AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"

Definition 12: deprive of life - [verb of contact]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • AIDS has killed thousands in Africa

(... is a kind of kill ) cause to die, especially suddenly

"The disease struck down many young men in the village"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) cause the death of, without intention

"She was killed in the collision of three cars"

Definition 13: hit with great force - [verb of contact]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He killed the ball

(kill is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games

"She killed the ball"

(kill belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 14: hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games - [verb of contact]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She killed the ball

(kill is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(kill has a similar meaning as ...) hit with great force

"He killed the ball"

(kill belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 15: overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration - [verb of emotion]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!

(kill is a kind of ...) overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Definition 16: be the source of great pain for - [verb of perception]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These new shoes are killing me!

(kill is a kind of ...) feel physical pain

"Were you hurting after the accident?"

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • kill a motion
  • he shot down the student's proposal

Synonyms for kill in the sense of this definition

(kill is a kind of ...) vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

"The President vetoed the bill"

Definition 18: be fatal - [verb of stative]

Samples where kill or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cigarettes kill
  • drunken driving kills

(kill is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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