Kill meaning

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To thwart passage of; veto.

Kill a congressional bill.

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(informal) To overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration.

The outstanding finale killed the audience.

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To mark for deletion; rule out.

Killed the story.

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(informal) To make such a strong impression as to overcome.

Dress to kill.

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To cause death or extinction; be fatal.
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(informal) To be very painful or uncomfortable.
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The act of killing.
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(sports) In games such as volleyball and tennis, a shot that is so forcefully hit that it cannot be returned.
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To cause the death of; make die.
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Kill is defined as to cause to die or to destroy.

An example of kill is stepping on an ant.

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To prevent the passage of (legislation); defeat or veto.
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To spend (time) on matters of little or no importance.
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To prevent publication of.

To kill a newspaper story.

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(informal) To overcome with laughter, chagrin, pleasure, surprise, etc.
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(informal) To cause to feel great pain or discomfort.
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(informal) To tire out; exhaust.
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(slang) To drink the last, or all, of (a bottle of liquor, etc.); finish off.
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(printing) To mark as not to be used; score out; cancel.
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(tennis, etc.) To return (the ball) with such force that it cannot be returned.
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To destroy life.
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To be killed.

Plants that kill easily.

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An act or instance of killing.
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An animal or animals killed.
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An enemy plane, ship, etc. destroyed.
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To cancel. Kill, as well as "abort," and "cancel" all mean to end or exit the current process.
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The act of killing.

The assassin liked to make a clean kill, and thus favored small arms over explosives.

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Specifically, the death blow.

The hunter delivered the kill with a pistol shot to the head.

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The result of killing; that which has been killed.

The fox dragged its kill back to its den.

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(volleyball) The grounding of the ball on the opponent's court, winning the rally.
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To put to death; to extinguish the life of.

Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined.

There is conclusive evidence that smoking kills.

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(fiction) To invent a story that conveys the death of (a character).

Shakespeare killed Romeo and Juliet for drama.

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To render inoperative.

He killed the engine and turned off the headlights, but remained in the car, waiting.

Kirk Douglas, (actor, as Peter), The Fury (1978):Peter: Ask Childers if it was worth his arm.Policeman: What did you do to his arm, Peter?Peter: I killed it, with a machine gun.

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(figuratively) To stop, cease, or render void; to terminate.

The editor decided to kill the story.

The news that a hurricane had destroyed our beach house killed our plans to sell it.

My computer wouldn't respond until I killed some of the running processes.

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(figuratively, hyperbolic) To amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.

That night, she was dressed to kill.

That joke always kills me.

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(figuratively) To produce feelings of dissatisfaction or revulsion in.

It kills me to throw out three whole turkeys, but I can't get anyone to take them and they've already started to go bad.

It kills me to learn how many poor people are practically starving in this country while rich moguls spend such outrageous amounts on useless luxuries.

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To use up or to waste.

I'm just doing this to kill time.

He told the bartender, pointing at the bottle of scotch he planned to consume, "Leave it, I'm going to kill the bottle."

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(figuratively, informal) To exert an overwhelming effect on.

Between the two of us, we killed the rest of the case of beer.

Look at the amount of destruction to the enemy base. We pretty much killed their ability to retaliate anymore.

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(figuratively, hyperbolic) To overpower, overwhelm, or defeat.

The team had absolutely killed their traditional rivals, and the local sports bars were raucous with celebrations.

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To force a company out of business.
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(intransitive, informal) To produce intense pain.

You don't ever want to get rabies. The doctor will have to give you multiple shots and they really kill.

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(figuratively, informal, hyperbolic) To punish severely.

My parents are going to kill me!

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(sports) To strike a ball or similar object with such force and placement as to make a shot that is impossible to defend against, usually winning a point.
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(mathematics, idiomatic, informal) To cause to assume the value zero.
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(computing, Internet, IRC) To disconnect (a user) forcibly from the network.
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A creek; a body of water; a channel or arm of the sea.

The channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills.

Schuylkill, Catskill, etc.

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A kiln.

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To put an end to; extinguish.

The rain killed our plans for a picnic.

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To pass (time) in aimless activity.

Killed a few hours before the flight by sightseeing.

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To consume entirely; finish off.

Kill a bottle of brandy.

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(sports) To prevent the opposing team from scoring on a power play during (a penalty), as in ice hockey.
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To cause extreme pain or discomfort to.

My shoes are killing me.

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To spoil the effect of; destroy by contrast.
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A stream; channel; creek.
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in at
  • Present at the moment of triumph.
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go (in) for the kill
  • to make a strong or aggressive effort to win or succeed
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in at the kill
  • present when the hunted animal is killed
  • present at the end or climax of some action
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to kill
  • to make a strongly desirable impression
    Dressed to kill.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in at
go (in) for the kill
in at the kill
to kill

Origin of kill

  • Middle English killen perhaps from Old English cyllan gwelə- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Dutch kil from Middle Dutch kille

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

  • From Middle English killen, kyllen, cüllen (“to strike, beat, cut”), possibly a variant of Old English cwellan (“to kill, murder, execute”) (see quell), or from Old Norse kolla (“to hit on the head, harm”) (compare Norwegian kylla (“to poll”), Middle Dutch kollen (“to knock down”), Icelandic kollur (“top, head”), see coll, cole). Compare also Middle Dutch killen, kellen (“to kill”), Middle Low German killen (“to ache strongly, to cause one great pain”), Middle High German kellen.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle Dutch kille via Dutch kil

    From Wiktionary