- Kill is defined as to cause to die or to destroy.
An example of kill is stepping on an ant.
A woman about to kill a bug.
kill definition by Webster's New World
- to cause the death of; make die
- to destroy the vital or active qualities of
- to destroy; put an end to; ruin
- to prevent the passage of (legislation); defeat or veto
- to spend (time) on matters of little or no importance
- to cause (an engine, etc.) to stop; turn off
- to turn off (a light, esp. a theater spotlight)
- to muffle (sound)
- ☆ to prevent publication of: to kill a newspaper story
- to spoil the effect of; destroy by contrast: said of colors, etc.
- Informal to overcome with laughter, chagrin, pleasure, surprise, etc.
- Informal to cause to feel great pain or discomfort
- Informal to tire out; exhaust
- ☆ Slang to drink the last, or all, of (a bottle of liquor, etc.); finish off
- ☆ Printing to mark as not to be used; score out; cancel
- Tennis, etc. to return (the ball) with such force that it cannot be returned
Origin: Middle English kullen, killen ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old English an unverified form cyllan, special late phonetic development of cwellan, to kill: see quell
- to destroy life
- to be killed: plants that kill easily
- an act or instance of killing
- an animal or animals killed
- an enemy plane, ship, etc. destroyed
Origin: Dutch kil ; from Middle Dutch kille, akin to Old Norse kīll, inlet
kill definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb killed, kill·ing, kills verb, transitive
- a. To put to death.b. To deprive of life: The Black Death was a disease that killed millions.
- To put an end to; extinguish: The rain killed our plans for a picnic.
- a. To destroy a vitally essential quality in: Too much garlic killed the taste of the meat.b. To cause to cease operating; turn off: killed the motor.c. To tire out completely; exhaust: “The trip to work, and the boredom and nervousness of jobs, kills men” (Jimmy Breslin).
- To pass (time) in aimless activity: killed a few hours before the flight by sightseeing.
- To consume entirely; finish off: kill a bottle of brandy.
- Sports To prevent a hockey team on a power play from scoring during (a penalty).
- To cause extreme pain or discomfort to: My shoes are killing me.
- To mark for deletion; rule out: killed the story.
- To thwart passage of; veto: kill a congressional bill.
- Informal To overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration: The outstanding finale killed the audience.
- Sports a. To hit (a ball) with great force.b. To hit (a ball) with such force as to make a return impossible, especially in a racquet game.
- To cause death or extinction; be fatal.
- To commit murder.
- Informal To make such a strong impression as to overcome: dress to kill.
- The act of killing.
- a. An animal killed, especially in hunting.b. A person killed or to be killed: “Infantrymen . . . had seen too many kills suddenly get up and run away or shoot at them as they approached” (Nelson DeMille).c. An enemy aircraft, vessel, or missile that has been attacked and destroyed.
- Sports A kill shot.
Origin: Middle English killen, perhaps from Old English *cyllan; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
noun New York State
Origin: Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille.
kill - Business Definition
kill - Computer Definition
To cancel. Kill, as well as "abort," and "cancel" all mean to end or exit the current process.
kill - Investment & Finance Definition
kill - Phrases/Idioms
in at the kill
- present when the hunted animal is killed
- present at the end or climax of some action