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Definition of extinguish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they extinguish
    he / she / it extinguishes
    past simple extinguished
    -ing form extinguishing
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  1. 1extinguish something to make a fire stop burning or a light stop shining synonym put out Firefighters tried to extinguish the flames. (formal) All lights had been extinguished.
  2. 2extinguish something to destroy something News of the bombing extinguished all hope of peace.
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