1. [ verb ] cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

"This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank" "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

Related terms: shoot murder erase strangle exterminate smother butcher liquidate massacre eliminate execute stone decapitate sacrifice dismember drown poison assassinate lynch overlie electrocute brain saber sabre poison zap put_away impale take_off commit_suicide martyr dispatch destroy tomahawk decimate draw frag exterminate killing killing die
2. [ noun ] the act of terminating a life
Synonyms: killing putting_to_death
Related terms: termination murder death shooting suicide slaughter massacre homicide suffocation sacrifice immolation fell genocide manslaughter euthanasia poisoning electrocution decapitation lynching regicide dispatch deathblow
3. [ noun ] the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile

"the pilot reported two kills during the mission"

Related terms: destruction
4. [ verb ] end or extinguish by forceful means
Synonyms: stamp_out

"Stamp out poverty!"

Related terms: end end
5. [ verb ] (politics) thwart the passage of
Synonyms: defeat vote_down shoot_down vote_out

"kill a motion" "he shot down the student's proposal"

Related terms: veto defeat
6. [ verb ] cause the death of, without intention

"She was killed in the collision of three cars"

Related terms: electrocute killing
7. [ verb ] be fatal

"cigarettes kill" "drunken driving kills"

Related terms: be killing
8. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 30172
9. [ verb ] drink down entirely
Synonyms: down bolt_down pour_down belt_down drink_down pop toss_off

"He downed three martinis before dinner" "She killed a bottle of brandy that night" "They popped a few beer after work"

Related terms: drink
10. [ verb ] (sport) hit with great force, in sports

"He killed the ball"

Related terms: hit sport
11. [ verb ] deprive of life

"AIDS has killed thousands in Africa"

Related terms: strike_down killing
12. [ verb ] cause to cease operating

"kill the engine"

Related terms: switch_off
13. [ verb ] overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

"The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!"

Related terms: overwhelm
14. [ verb ] hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games

"She killed the ball"

Related terms: hit sport
15. [ verb ] be the source of great pain for

"These new shoes are killing me!"

Related terms: hurt killer
16. [ verb ] mark for deletion, rub off, or erase, as of writings
Synonyms: obliterate wipe_out

"kill these lines in the President's speech"

Related terms: take_away destruction
17. [ verb ] tire out completely

"The daily stress of her work is killing her"

Related terms: exhaust exhaust
18. [ verb ] destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

"Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"

Related terms: destroy
Similar spelling:   kilo