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definition of the word extinguish

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< Latin extinguere, pp. extinctus (to put out (what is burning), quench, extinguish, deprive of life, destory, abolish) < ex (out) + stinguere (to put out, quench, extinguish).

to extinguish

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to extinguish (third-person singular simple present extinguishes, present participle extinguishing, simple past and past participle extinguished)

  1. (transitive) to put out, as in fire; to end burning; to quench
  2. (transitive) to destroy or abolish something
    She extinguished all my hopes.
  3. (transitive) to obscure or eclipse something
    The rays of the sun were extinguished by the thunder clouds.
  4. (transitive, psychology) to bring about the extinction of a conditioned reflex
  5. (transitive, literally) to hunt down (a species) to extinction

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