[ ik-sting-gwish ]
/ ɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ /
verb (used with object)
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.
ex·tin·guish·a·ble, adjectiveex·tin·guish·ment, nounnon·ex·tin·guish·a·ble, adjectivenon·ex·tin·guished, adjective
pre·ex·tin·guish, verb (used with object)pre·ex·tin·guish·ment, nounself-ex·tin·guish·ing, adjectiveun·ex·tin·guish·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·tin·guished, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for extinguishable
/ (ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ) /
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)
Derived Formsextinguishable, adjectiveextinguisher, nounextinguishment, noun
Word Origin for extinguish
C16: from Latin exstinguere, from stinguere to quench
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Medicine definitions for extinguishable
[ ĭk-stĭng′gwĭsh ]
To bring about the extinction of a conditioned response.
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