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3 definitions found
 for extinguish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Extinguish \Ex*tin"guish\ ([e^]ks*t[i^][ng]"gw[i^]sh), v. t.
     [imp. & p. p. Extinguished([e^]ks*t[i^][ng]"gw[i^]sht); p
     pr. & vb. n. Extinguishing.] [L. extinguere, exstinguere;
     ex out + stinguere to quench. See Distinguish, Finish.]
     1. To quench; to put out, as a light or fire; to stifle; to
        cause to die out; to put an end to; to destroy; as, to
        extinguish a flame, or life, or love, or hope, a pretense
        or a right.
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              A light which the fierce winds have no power to
              extinguish.                           --Prescott.
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              This extinguishes my right to the reversion.
                                                    --Blackstone.
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     2. To obscure; to eclipse, as by superior splendor.
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              Natural graces that extinguish art.   --Shak
        .
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  extinguish
      v 1: put an end to; kill; "The Nazis snuffed out the life of
           many Jewish children" [syn: snuff out, extinguish]
      2: put out, as of fires, flames, or lights; "Too big to be
         extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be
         contained"; "quench the flames"; "snuff out the candles"
         [syn: snuff out, blow out, extinguish, quench] [ant:
         ignite, light]
      3: extinguish by crushing; "stub out your cigar" [syn: stub
         out, crush out, extinguish, press out]
      4: terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on
         Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these
         archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts" [syn: extinguish,
         eliminate, get rid of, do away with]
      5: kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire
         population" [syn: eliminate, annihilate, extinguish,
         eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  143 Moby Thesaurus words for "extinguish":
     KO, abate, abolish, abscind, adumbrate, amputate, annihilate,
     asphyxiate, ban, banish, bar, blot out, blow out, bob, bottle up,
     call off, cancel, censor, choke, choke off, clamp down on, clip,
     complete, cork, cork up, crack down on, crop, crush, cull, cut,
     cut away, cut off, cut out, damp, damp down, delete, destroy, dim,
     dispose of, do away with, dock, douse, drop the curtain, drown,
     eclipse, eliminate, end off, enucleate, eradicate, except, excise,
     exclude, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, fake out, finalize,
     finish, fold up, gag, get it over, get over with, get through with,
     give the quietus, hold down, isolate, jump on, kayo, keep down,
     keep under, kibosh, kill, knock off, knock out, lop, mutilate,
     muzzle, nip, nullify, obliterate, obscure, out, outdo, overshadow,
     pare, peel, perfect, pick out, polish off, pour water on, prune,
     put down, put out, put paid to, put to shame, quash, quell, quench,
     remove, repress, root out, rule out, scrag, set apart, set aside,
     shave, shear, shoot down, show up, shut down on, silence,
     sit down on, sit on, slack, smash, smother, snuff, snuff out,
     squash, squelch, stamp out, stanch, stifle, strangle, strike off,
     strip, strip off, stultify, subdue, suffocate, suppress, take off,
     take out, throttle, trample out, trample underfoot, truncate,
     turn off, turn out, uproot, wipe, wipe out, zap
  
  

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