verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for extinguish
These habits are likely to be hard to extinguish entirely.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?|Vlad Chituc|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They remembered that the escaped owner had only recently tried to extinguish their capital with blood.
Amid the sound of screaming and the smell of burning, he tried to extinguish the fire with prayer mats.
Q: His healthcare reform will extinguish all freedom and literally sentence our seniors to death.
The English horse arrived just in time to extinguish the flames.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The bruised reed he shall not break: and smoking flax he shall not extinguish: till he send forth judgment unto victory.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Under other circumstances we might have attempted to extinguish it; as it was, I ran to tell Uncle Jeff what had occurred.In the Rocky Mountains|W. H. G. Kingston
Local Option, licence granted to the inhabitants of a district to extinguish or reduce the sale of intoxicants in their midst.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
The rubber should not be allowed to form a bend hanging down, or water vapour, &c., may condense and extinguish the flame.
British Dictionary definitions for extinguish
Word Origin for extinguish
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.