kill
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; akin to Old English cwellan to kill — more at quell Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to deprive of life ; cause the death of b. (1) to slaughter (as a hog) for food (2) to convert a food animal into (a kind of meat) by slaughtering 2. a. to put an end to <
kill competition
>
b. defeat, veto <
killed the amendment
>
c. to mark for omission; also delete d. annihilate, destroy <
kill an enemy
>
3. a. to destroy the vital or essential quality of <
killed the pain with drugs
>
b. to cause to stop <
kill the motor
>
c. to check the flow of current through 4. to make a markedly favorable impression on <
she killed the audience
>
5. to get through uneventfully <
kill time
>
; also to get through (the time of a penalty) without being scored on <
kill a penalty
>
6. a. to cause extreme pain to b. to tire almost to the point of collapse 7. to hit (a shot) so hard in various games that a return is impossible 8. to consume (as a drink) totally intransitive verb 1. to deprive one of life 2. to make a markedly favorable impression <
was dressed to kill
>
Synonyms: kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner <
killed in an accident
>
<
frost killed the plants
>
. slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive <
slew thousands of the Philistines
>
. murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility <
convicted of murdering a rival
>
. assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives <
terrorists assassinated the Senator
>
. dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death <
dispatched the sentry with one bullet
>
. execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty <
executed by lethal gas
>
. II. noun Date: 1814 1. a. an act or instance of killing b. a decisive act that conclusively secures something (as a deal or win) 2. something killed: as a. (1) an animal shot in a hunt (2) animals killed in a hunt, season, or particular period of time b. an enemy unit (as an airplane or ship) destroyed by military action c. a return shot in any of various games (as badminton, handball, or table tennis) that is too hard for an opponent to handle III. noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Dutch kil Date: 1669 channel, creek — used chiefly in place names in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York

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