I UK [kɪl] / US verb
Word forms "kill":
present tense I/you/we/they kill he/she/it kills present participle killing past tense killed past participle killed
Other ways of saying kill:
murder to deliberately kill someone: She denied murdering her husband. assassinate to kill an important or famous person, often for political reasons or for money: Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. slaughter to kill a group of people in a very violent way or to kill farm animals: Local militia then started to slaughter civilians. Thousands of cattle have been slaughtered since the outbreak of the disease. massacre to kill a very large number of people in a violent or cruel way: Roman soldiers massacred several hundred villagers. wipe out to kill an entire group of people or animals so that there are none left: These animals can wipe out entire colonies of bees. exterminate to deliberately kill all the people or animals in a place or area, especially animals that are dangerous or dirty: We'll need to hire someone to exterminate the rats. execute to kill someone legally as a punishment for a serious crime: He was executed for treason. put to death (formal) to execute someone: The King ordered them to be put to death. commit suicide to deliberately cause your own death: She committed suicide in 1968. put down or put to sleep to kill an animal because it is ill or in pain and can never get well: We've had to have our dog put to sleep.
1) [intransitive/transitive] to make a person or other living thing die

Each year thousands of people are killed and injured on the roads.

Many people believe that killing animals for sport is morally wrong.

Speed kills.

a) [transitive, always progressive] informal if part of your body is killing you, it is causing you a lot of pain

My back's killing me.

b) [transitive] to make you feel very tired

Those stairs kill me every time!

3) [transitive] to spend time doing a particular activity while you are waiting for something

We killed a few hours watching videos.

kill time:

Shopping can be a good way to kill time at the airport.

4) [transitive] to stop something from continuing

The group effectively killed speculation that a merger was about to take place.

a) to stop pain

The nurse will give you something to kill the pain.

b) informal to decide not to publish or broadcast a news story
c) informal to switch lights off

Can you kill the lights?

I'll kill him/her/themspoken used for saying that you are very angry with someone

Wait until I get my hands on him! I'll kill him.

Phrasal verbs:

II UK [kɪl] / US noun [countable, usually singular]
Word forms "kill":
singular kill plural kills
a) an act in which a hunted animal is killed

We found a pile of feathers – somebody must have made a kill.

the excitement of the kill

b) an animal that has been killed, especially for food

move/close/go in for the kill — to prepare to destroy or defeat someone or something

I know the feeling of excitement that you get when you go in for the kill.

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