- to put out (a fire, light, etc.); put out the flame of (something burning or lighted): to extinguish a candle.
- to put an end to or bring to an end; wipe out of existence; annihilate: to extinguish hope.
- to obscure or eclipse, as by superior brilliance.
- Law. to discharge (a debt), as by payment.
Origin of extinguish
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Examples from the Web for extinguish
These habits are likely to be hard to extinguish entirely.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
I like the taste of it as well once you extinguish the flame.James McAvoy on ‘Filth,’ His Wild Bachelor Party, and BB Gun Fights with Jennifer Lawrence
May 21, 2014
They remembered that the escaped owner had only recently tried to extinguish their capital with blood.Where in the World Is Yanukovych?
February 25, 2014
Amid the sound of screaming and the smell of burning, he tried to extinguish the fire with prayer mats.Surviving Syria’s Incendiary Bomb Attacks
Paul Adrian Raymond
December 11, 2013
Q: His healthcare reform will extinguish all freedom and literally sentence our seniors to death.David Frum: Welcome to My World
November 2, 2013
I sprang to my feet and took immediate measures to extinguish the flames.Brave and Bold
It would be well to extinguish the fire, and have a watch—listen!The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
The villagers were summoned to extinguish fires by ringing of bells.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Jealousy evermore blows the flame it seems formed to extinguish.Imogen
But should a “holy alliance of legitimates” extinguish it, it will be but for a season.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
- to put out or quench (a light, flames, etc)
- to remove or destroy entirely; annihilate
- archaic to eclipse or obscure by or as if by superior brilliance
- law to discharge (a debt)
Word Origin and History for extinguish
c.1500 (implied in extinguishable), from Latin extinguere/exstinguere "quench, wipe out, obliterate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + stinguere "quench," from PIE *steig- "to prick, stick, pierce." Related: Extinguished; extinguishing.
- To bring about the extinction of a conditioned response.