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



    BrE BrE//kɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪl//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1an act of killing, especially when an animal is hunted or killed A cat often plays with a mouse before the kill. The plane prepared to move in for the kill. I was in at the kill when she finally lost her job (= present at the end of an unpleasant process).
  2. 2an animal that has been hunted and killed lions feeding on their kill
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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 I didn’t even see the fox, let alone be in at the kill. The animal crouched down, getting ready for the kill. The hunters moved in for the kill. The lion made a quick kill. The meat is divided up among all those present at the kill. the worst fish kill in recorded history vultures sensing a fresh kill
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: kill