- 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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1. quench, smother, snuff out, blow out.
1. light, ignite.
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Examples from the Web for self-extinguishing
Since the preceding pages have been printed, I have seen a self-extinguishing gas-lamp, invented by Mr. Clegg.A Practical Treatise on Gas-light
- 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)
C16: from Latin exstinguere, from stinguere to quench
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Word Origin and History for self-extinguishing
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.
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- To bring about the extinction of a conditioned response.
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