[ 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.
Words nearby extinguish
OTHER WORDS FROM extinguish
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 forms of extinguishextinguishable, adjectiveextinguisher, nounextinguishment, noun
Word Origin for extinguish
C16: from Latin exstinguere, from stinguere to quench
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Medical definitions for extinguishable
[ ĭk-stĭng′gwĭsh ]
To bring about the extinction of a conditioned response.
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