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Definition of murder verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they murder
    he / she / it murders
    past simple murdered
    -ing form murdering
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  1. 1murder somebody to kill someone deliberately and illegally He denies murdering his wife's lover. The murdered woman was well known in the area.
  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 someone completely, especially in a team sport synonym thrash
  4. Idioms
    somebody will murder you (informal)
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    used to warn someone that another person will be very angry with them
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: murder