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

      

    kill

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kill
    BrE BrE//kɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪl//
     
    he / she / it kills
    BrE BrE//kɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪlz//
     
    past simple killed
    BrE BrE//kɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪld//
     
    past participle killed
    BrE BrE//kɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪld//
     
    -ing form killing
    BrE BrE//ˈkɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] kill (somebody/something/yourself) to make somebody/something die Cancer kills thousands of people every year. Three people were killed in the crash. He tried to kill himself with sleeping pills. I bought a spray to kill the weeds. (informal) My mother will kill me (= be very angry with me) when she finds out. Don't kill yourself trying to get the work done by tomorrow. It can wait. I nearly killed myself carrying that suitcase all the way here. Tiredness while driving can kill.
  2. 2[transitive] kill something to destroy or spoil something or make it stop to kill a rumour Do you agree that television kills conversation? The defeat last night killed the team's chances of qualifying.
  3. 3[transitive] kill somebody | it kills somebody to do something (informal) (usually used in the progressive tenses and not used in the passive) to cause somebody pain or suffering My feet are killing me.
  4. 4[transitive] kill somebody (North American English) to make somebody laugh a lot Stop it! You're killing me!
  5. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘strike, beat’, also ‘put to death’): probably of Germanic origin and related to quell. The noun originally denoted a stroke or blow.Extra examples Dad’s going to kill me when he finds out. He admitted killing her but said it was unintentional. He has fought more than fifty bulls, killing three outright. He knew they meant to kill him. I don’t believe that he intentionally killed her. It must have been really awful to make her kill herself. The animals are killed quickly and humanely. The inquest concluded that he was unlawfully killed. The militias are systematically killing and raping civilians. The poison was slowly killing her. The terrorists had shown their willingness to kill indiscriminately. Their daughter was tragically killed in a road accident. There were reports of people brutally killed. They are quite prepared to kill to achieve their ends. They plotted to kill the dictator. What if they really do plan to kill us? his trial for allegedly killing his wife soldiers killed in battle the camp guards who tortured and eventually killed her the number of people needlessly killed by hospital infections Excessive tiredness while driving can kill.Idioms
    curiosity killed the cat
     
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    (saying) used to tell somebody not to ask questions or try to find out about things that do not concern them
    (informal) wearing the kind of clothes that will make people notice and admire you
    have time on your hands, have time to kill
     
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    (informal) to have nothing to do or not be busy
    used to describe the very angry or unpleasant way somebody is/was looking at you If looks could kill, she thought, seeing the expression that came over his face when he saw her, she’d be dead on the pavement. I don’t know what I’ve done to upset him, but if looks could kill…
    kill the goose that lays the golden egg/eggs
     
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    (saying) to destroy something that would make you rich, successful, etc.
    (British English) used to say that what you are going to do will either be very successful or fail completely
    kill time, kill an hour, a couple of hours, etc.
     
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    to spend time doing something that is not important while you are waiting for something else to happen We killed time playing cards.
    kill two birds with one stone
     
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    to achieve two things at the same time with one action
    kill somebody/something with kindness
     
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    to be so kind to somebody/something that you in fact harm them
    (British English) to laugh a lot He was killing himself laughing.
    Phrasal Verbskill off somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: kill