What is the meaning of kill?


  • The act of terminating a life.
  • The destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile.
    • usage: "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"


  • Cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly.
    • usage: "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
  • Thwart the passage of.
    • usage: "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"
  • End or extinguish by forceful means.
    • usage: "Stamp out poverty"
  • Be fatal.
    • usage: "cigarettes kill"; "drunken driving kills"
  • Be the source of great pain for.
    • usage: "These new shoes are killing me"
  • Overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration.
    • usage: "The comedian was so funny, he was killing me"
  • Hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games.
    • usage: "She killed the ball"
  • Hit with great force.
    • usage: "He killed the ball"
  • Deprive of life.
    • usage: "AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"
  • Cause the death of, without intention.
    • usage: "She was killed in the collision of three cars"
  • Drink down entirely.
    • usage: "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They popped a few beer after work"
  • Mark for deletion, rub off, or erase.
    • usage: "kill these lines in the President's speech"
  • Tire out completely.
    • usage: "The daily stress of her work is killing her"
  • Cause to cease operating.
    • usage: "kill the engine"
  • Destroy a vitally essential quality of or in.
    • usage: "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"
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APAWordNet. (2010). kill. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/kill/definitions/1189525
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