Extinguish Definition

extinguished, extinguishes
extinguished, extinguishes
To put out (a fire, etc.); quench; smother.
Webster's New World
To put an end to; destroy or cause to die out.
Webster's New World
To bring about the extinction of (a conditioned response).
American Heritage
To put in the shade; eclipse; obscure.
Webster's New World
To make void; nullify.
Webster's New World

Origin of Extinguish

  • From Latin extinguo, past participle extinctus (“to put out (what is burning), quench, extinguish, deprive of life, destory, abolish”), from ex (“out”) + stinguere (“to put out, quench, extinguish”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin exstinguere ex- intensive pref. ex– stinguere to quench steig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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