Definition of murder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    murder

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they murder
    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdər//
     
    he / she / it murders
    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdərz//
     
    past simple murdered
    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdərd//
     
    past participle murdered
    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdərd//
     
    -ing form murdering
    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdərɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime
     
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  1. 1  murder somebody to kill somebody deliberately and illegally He denies murdering his wife's lover. The murdered woman was well known in the area. See related entries: Committing crime
  2. 2murder something to spoil something because you do not do it very well synonym butcher Critics accused him of murdering the English language (= writing or speaking it very badly).
  3. 3murder somebody (informal) to defeat somebody completely, especially in a team sport synonym thrash
  4. Word Origin Old English morthor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moord and German Mord, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit mará ‘death’ and Latin mors; reinforced in Middle English by Old French murdre.Extra examples He was found murdered in the cemetery. She was arrested and charged with murdering the two children. The boy was brutally murdered. They were murdered in cold blood. He denies murdering his wife’s lover.Idioms (informal, especially British English) used to say that you very much want to eat or drink something I could murder a beer.
    somebody will murder you
     
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    (informal) used to warn somebody that another person will be very angry with them
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: murder