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

     

    extinguish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they extinguish
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it extinguishes
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple extinguished
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt//
     
    past participle extinguished
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt//
     
    -ing form extinguishing
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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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. All lights had been extinguished.
  2. 2extinguish something to destroy something News of the bombing extinguished all hope of peace.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin exstinguere, from ex- ‘out’ + stinguere ‘quench’. Compare with distinguish.Extra examples Fire crews fought for two hours to extinguish the flames. Please extinguish all cigarettes and fasten your safety belts. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. The flame flickered and was abruptly extinguished.
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