transitive verb Etymology: Latin exstinguere (from ex- + stinguere to extinguish) + English -ish (as in abolish); akin to Latin instigare to incite — more at stick Date: circa 1540 1. a. (1) to bring to an end ; make an end of <
hope for their safety was slowly extinguished
(2) to reduce to silence or ineffectiveness b. to cause to cease burning ; quench c. to cause extinction of (a conditioned response) d. to dim the brightness of ; eclipse 2. a. to cause to be void ; nullify <
extinguish a claim
b. to get rid of usually by payment <
extinguish a debt
extinguishable adjectiveextinguisher nounextinguishment noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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