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To inflict great pain on; torment.
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  1. To inflict great pain on; torment.
  2. To make a martyr of, especially to put to death for devotion to religious beliefs.
  3. To put to death or torture for adherence to a belief
To kill violently.
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  1. To kill violently.
  2. (Slang) To overwhelm, as with laughter or love:
  3. (Obs.) To strike or hit
To kill (people) in large numbers; massacre.
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  1. To kill (people) in large numbers; massacre.
  2. To kill in a violent or brutal manner.
  3. To kill (animals) especially for food; butcher.
To kill (another human) in an act of murder.
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  1. To kill (another human) in an act of murder.
  2. To put an end to; destroy:
  3. To kill (a person) unlawfully and with malice
To destroy or injure treacherously:
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  1. To destroy or injure treacherously:
  2. To harm or ruin (someone's reputation, etc.), as by slander, vilification, etc.
  3. To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.
To kill indiscriminately and mercilessly and in large numbers
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  1. To kill indiscriminately and mercilessly and in large numbers
  2. (Informal) To botch; bungle:
  3. To kill indiscriminately and wantonly; slaughter.
To kill or dress (animals) for meat
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  1. To kill or dress (animals) for meat
  2. To kill brutally or indiscriminately.
  3. To kill (people, game, etc.) brutally, senselessly, or in large numbers; slaughter
To perform or carry out what is required by:
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  1. To perform or carry out what is required by:
  2. To create (a work of art, for example) in accordance with a prescribed design.
  3. To sign a contract, will, or other legal document; to carry out a duty; to recover funds under a judgment; to put a criminal defendant to death. To sign a contract, will, or other legal document; to carry out a duty; to recover funds under a judgment; to put a criminal defendant to death.
(Informal) To eat up quickly
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  1. (Informal) To eat up quickly
  2. To finish quickly or promptly
  3. To send off or out promptly, usually on a specific errand or official business
(Computers) To be halted, as a computer system, so that input devices do not function:
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  1. (Computers) To be halted, as a computer system, so that input devices do not function:
  2. To put to death by tying a rope about the neck and suddenly suspending the body so as to snap the neck or cause strangulation
  3. (Slang) To spend one's free time in a certain place. Often used with around or out:
To punish (a person) without legal process or authority, especially by hanging, for a perceived offense or as an act of bigotry.
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  1. To punish (a person) without legal process or authority, especially by hanging, for a perceived offense or as an act of bigotry.
To kill with electricity:
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  1. To kill with electricity:
  2. To kill with a charge of electricity; specif., to execute in the electric chair
  3. To execute (a person sentenced to death) by means of electricity.
To pass into or through something quickly, like a sharp knife
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  1. To pass into or through something quickly, like a sharp knife
  2. To cut or slash a way through something with or as if with a knife:
  3. To use a knife on, especially to stab; wound with a knife.
To kill or destroy, as by burning
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  1. To kill or destroy, as by burning
  2. To kill, especially by fire:
  3. To kill (an animal, for instance) as a religious sacrifice.
To kill (an animal) for purposes of scientific research or experimentation.
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  1. To kill (an animal) for purposes of scientific research or experimentation.
  2. (Baseball) To advance (a base runner) by means of a sacrifice
  3. To give up (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value.
(--- Informal) To use up or waste (time, money, etc.)
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  1. (--- Informal) To use up or waste (time, money, etc.)
  2. To cause to project or protrude; extend:
  3. To hit, wound, kill, or destroy with a bullet, arrow, etc.
To cut off the oxygen supply of; smother.
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  1. To cut off the oxygen supply of; smother.
  2. To become strangled.
  3. To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.
To execute by garrote.
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  1. To execute by garrote.
  2. To execute or attack with a garrote or by strangling
  3. To strangle in order to rob.
To kill by preventing respiration; smother or suffocate.
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  1. To kill by preventing respiration; smother or suffocate.
  2. To suppress or repress; hold back; check, stop, inhibit, etc.
  3. To interrupt or cut off (the voice, for example).
To kill or harm with poison.
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  1. To kill or harm with poison.
  2. To put poison on or into:
  3. To give poison to; harm or destroy by means of poison
(Intransitive) To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way.
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  1. (Intransitive) To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way.
  2. To check or slow down the movement, growth, or action of:
  3. To move one's fingers very close to the tip of a pencil, brush or other art tool.
To lavish a surfeit of a given emotion on (someone):
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  1. To lavish a surfeit of a given emotion on (someone):
  2. To be kept from getting enough air to breathe
  3. To conceal, suppress, or hide:
To kill by cutting off the supply of oxygen to the lungs, gills, etc.
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  1. To kill by cutting off the supply of oxygen to the lungs, gills, etc.
  2. To become or feel oppressed; be stifled.
  3. To impair the breathing of or cause discomfort to by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
To undergo asphyxia; suffocate.
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  1. To undergo asphyxia; suffocate.
  2. To smother or suffocate someone.
  3. To cause asphyxia in; smother.
To lose, make hard to find or unnoticeable in an abundant mass
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  1. To lose, make hard to find or unnoticeable in an abundant mass
  2. To cause to disappear; get rid of
  3. To overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; — said especially of sound; usually in the form "to drown out"
To cut off the head of; decapitate
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  1. To cut off the head of; decapitate
To give harsh, dry coughs
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  1. To give harsh, dry coughs
  2. To gain access to (a computer file or network) illegally or without authorization:
  3. To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.
To behead with a guillotine
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  1. To behead with a guillotine
  2. To cut with a guillotine or sharp blade.
To criticize harshly; pillory:
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  1. To criticize harshly; pillory:
  2. To treat cruelly; torment:
  3. To put (a person) to death by nailing or binding to a cross.
To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
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  1. To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
  2. To pull or cut to pieces; separate into parts; divide up or mutilate
  3. To remove the limbs of by cutting or tearing
To remove or destroy that part regarded as essential to the operation of
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  1. To remove or destroy that part regarded as essential to the operation of
  2. To cut off the head of; behead
  3. To destroy or incapacitate (a government or organization, for example) by killing or removing its leader or leaders.
To deprive of meaning or substance.
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  1. To deprive of meaning or substance.
  2. To remove the entrails from.
  3. To take or draw from the body, as the web of a spider.
To cover (an area) by passing back and forth over it in many directions like hounds in hunting; search intensively
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  1. To cover (an area) by passing back and forth over it in many directions like hounds in hunting; search intensively
  2. To locate and adjust (one machine part) at right angles to its connecting part within the machine.
  3. To defile (the body of a person put to death) by dismembering it or cutting it into quarters
To break apart the structure of, render physically unusable, or cause to cease to exist as a distinguishable physical entity:
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  1. To break apart the structure of, render physically unusable, or cause to cease to exist as a distinguishable physical entity:
  2. To put to death; kill:
  3. To break up or spoil completely; ruin
(Idiomatic) to terminate or abolish something
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To make a victim of, especially:
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  1. To make a victim of, especially:
  2. To injure or kill.
  3. To subject to cruel or harmful treatment
To get rid of by destroying completely:
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  1. To get rid of by destroying completely:
To clear (a container or space, for example) of something unclean or unwanted:
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  1. To clear (a container or space, for example) of something unclean or unwanted:
  2. (Law) To clear (a person) of a charge or conviction.
  3. To become clean, clear, or pure
To inflict a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon.
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  1. To inflict a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon.
  2. To pierce or wound with or as with a knife, etc.
  3. To go into in a sharp, thrusting way
To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing:
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  1. To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing:
  2. To ruin or spoil through ineptitude or ignorance:
  3. To mutilate or disfigure by repeatedly and roughly cutting, tearing, hacking, or crushing; lacerate and bruise badly
To bring down by cutting.
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  1. To bring down by cutting.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see cut,"Ž down.
  3. (Idiomatic) To reduce the amount of something.
To fire at or kill with a machine gun.
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  1. To fire at or kill with a machine gun.
To reduce markedly in amount:
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  1. To reduce markedly in amount:
  2. To destroy or kill a large part of (a group of people or organisms).
  3. To select by lot and kill one in every ten of (a group of soldiers).
To settle the affairs of (a business firm, for example) by determining the liabilities and applying the assets to their discharge.
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  1. To settle the affairs of (a business firm, for example) by determining the liabilities and applying the assets to their discharge.
  2. To dispose of or get rid of, as by killing
  3. To set, by contract or stipulation, a fixed amount for damages resulting from a particular harm.
To remove from consideration by defeating, as in a contest.
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  1. To remove from consideration by defeating, as in a contest.
  2. To get rid of; remove:
  3. To drop (a person, team, etc. losing a round or match in a contest) from further competition
To take, extract, separate, or withdraw (someone or something from)
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  1. To take, extract, separate, or withdraw (someone or something from)
  2. To take away; withdraw:
  3. To move (something) from where it is; lift, push, transfer, or carry away, or from one place to another
(Baseball) To take a large lead in a game.
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  1. (Baseball) To take a large lead in a game.
  2. To place out of the way, clean up.
  3. (Colloquial) To consume (food or drink), especially in large quantities.
To subject to euthanasia.
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  1. To subject to euthanasia.
  2. To submit (a person or animal) to euthanasia.
  3. To put to death by euthanasia
To suffer great need
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  1. To suffer great need
  2. To cause to suffer from a lack or need of something specified
  3. To suffer or become weak from hunger
To strike with strong force:
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  1. To strike with strong force:
  2. To overcome, often by intimidation or coercion.
  3. To hit with a heavy club or similar blunt instrument.
(Baseball) To execute (a base hit) successfully:
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  1. (Baseball) To execute (a base hit) successfully:
  2. To cause to come into contact:
  3. To press or push (a key or button, for example):
To remove (data) from a computer storage device
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  1. To remove (data) from a computer storage device
  2. To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping.
  3. To remove recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk, for example):
To cause to lose energy, strength, or vigor; exhaust, tire, or enfeeble:
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  1. To cause to lose energy, strength, or vigor; exhaust, tire, or enfeeble:
  2. To pass without being put to use:
  3. To be wasted, or not put to full or proper use
To coat, smear, or soil with grease:
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  1. To coat, smear, or soil with grease:
  2. To influence by giving money to; bribe or tip
  3. (Slang) To kill.
(Idiomatic) to deceive someone
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A bundle of nerves in many invertebrate animals that is similar to the vertebrate brain in function and position.
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  1. A bundle of nerves in many invertebrate animals that is similar to the vertebrate brain in function and position.
  2. (Slang) To hit hard on the head
  3. The part of the nervous system in vertebrates that is enclosed within the skull, is connected with the spinal cord, and is composed of gray matter and white matter. It is the control center of the central nervous system, receiving sensory impulses from the rest of the body and transmitting motor impulses for the regulation of voluntary movement. The brain also contains the centers of consciousness, thought, language, memory, and emotion.
In science fiction and fantasy, to transport (a person or thing) into another place or time instantaneously, as with an energy beam.
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  1. In science fiction and fantasy, to transport (a person or thing) into another place or time instantaneously, as with an energy beam.
  2. To strike (an object or target) with a beam of energy, an electric current, or supernatural power:
  3. To use a remote control to avoid (a TV commercial or program segment), as by changing channels or skipping ahead on a tape, disc, etc.
To cover with ice; apply ice to
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  1. To cover with ice; apply ice to
  2. To change into ice; freeze
  3. To turn into or become coated with ice; freeze:
Away from one's work or usual activity
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  1. Away from one's work or usual activity
  2. So as to be completely removed, finished, or eliminated:
  3. So as to be no longer in operation, function, continuance, etc.
To destroy or get rid of entirely, as by killing; wipe out; annihilate
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  1. To destroy or get rid of entirely, as by killing; wipe out; annihilate
To cause (a building, for example) to be in a destroyed, collapsed, or decayed state.
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  1. To cause (a building, for example) to be in a destroyed, collapsed, or decayed state.
  2. (Archaic) To go or come to ruin
  3. To bring or reduce to ruin
To kill
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  1. To kill
  2. To destroy completely:
  3. To consider or cause to be of no importance or without effect; nullify
To judicially declare something to be void either from the date of decree or ab initio.
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  1. To judicially declare something to be void either from the date of decree or ab initio.
  2. To bring to an end the effect or existence of; cancel out:
  3. To make an ecclesiastical or judicial declaration that a marriage is void ab initio and never existed. See also divorce.
(Law) to make legally invalid.
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  1. (Law) to make legally invalid.
  2. To counteract the force or effectiveness of.
  3. To prevent from happening
To act directly against; check, neutralize, or undo the effect of with opposing action
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  1. To act directly against; check, neutralize, or undo the effect of with opposing action
  2. To act in opposition to; to hinder, defeat, or frustrate, by contrary agency or influence; as, to counteract the effect of medicines; to counteract good advice.
(Intransitive) To stop either temporarily or permanently.
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  1. (Intransitive) To stop either temporarily or permanently.
  2. To bring to a stop.
  3. (Intransitive) To stop marching.
To be able to go no further; come to an end
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  1. To be able to go no further; come to an end
  2. To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off:
  3. To prevent the flow or passage of:
To cross out with lines or other marks, as in deleting written matter or marking a check as used and cleared
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  1. To cross out with lines or other marks, as in deleting written matter or marking a check as used and cleared
  2. To offset or cancel each other
  3. To blot out, deface, mark off, perforate, destroy, or otherwise physically alter a writing to render it void.
To forbid by authority:
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  1. To forbid by authority:
  2. To refuse to permit; forbid by law or by an order
  3. To prevent; preclude:
To decline to do, give, or grant
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  1. To decline to do, give, or grant
  2. To indicate unwillingness (to do something):
  3. To indicate unwillingness to do, accept, give, or allow:
Used other than as an idiom: see cut,"Ž down.
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: see cut,"Ž down.
  2. To bring down by cutting.
  3. (Idiomatic) To reduce the amount of something.
(Idiomatic) To interrupt (someone speaking).
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  1. (Idiomatic) To interrupt (someone speaking).
  2. To stop providing funds to someone.
  3. To end abruptly.
To kill
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  1. To kill
  2. To put to death; kill:
  3. To break up or spoil completely; ruin
(Informal) To eat up quickly
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  1. (Informal) To eat up quickly
  2. To send off or out promptly, usually on a specific errand or official business
  3. To finish quickly or promptly
To destroy; kill:
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  1. To destroy; kill:
  2. To consume all of; use up:
  3. To give (wood, for example) a desired or particular surface texture.
To kill or destroy in a violent way
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  1. To kill or destroy in a violent way
  2. (Slang) To overwhelm, as with laughter or love:
  3. To kill violently.
To destroy; devastate; ruin
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  1. To destroy; devastate; ruin
  2. To pass without being put to use:
  3. To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose:
To strike (an object or target) with a beam of energy, an electric current, or supernatural power:
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  1. To strike (an object or target) with a beam of energy, an electric current, or supernatural power:
  2. In science fiction and fantasy, to transport (a person or thing) into another place or time instantaneously, as with an energy beam.
  3. To use a TV remote control, as to change channels or to skip ahead on a tape, disc, etc.
To kill
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  1. To kill
  2. To put to death; kill:
  3. To break up or spoil completely; ruin
To destroy; kill:
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  1. To destroy; kill:
  2. To consume all of; use up:
  3. To give (wood, for example) a desired or particular surface texture.
To settle the affairs of (a business firm, for example) by determining the liabilities and applying the assets to their discharge.
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  1. To settle the affairs of (a business firm, for example) by determining the liabilities and applying the assets to their discharge.
  2. To dispose of or get rid of, as by killing
  3. To set, by contract or stipulation, a fixed amount for damages resulting from a particular harm.
To kill inhumanly or barbarously, as in warfare
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  1. To kill inhumanly or barbarously, as in warfare
  2. To commit murder
  3. To kill (a person) unlawfully and with malice
(Obs.) To strike or hit
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  1. (Obs.) To strike or hit
  2. (Slang) To overwhelm, as with laughter or love:
  3. To kill violently.
To place out of the way, clean up.
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  1. To place out of the way, clean up.
  2. (Baseball) To take a large lead in a game.
  3. (Colloquial) To consume (food or drink), especially in large quantities.
At a certain distance in space or time:
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  1. At a certain distance in space or time:
  2. So as to be completely removed, finished, or eliminated:
  3. Away from one's work or usual activity
(--- Slang) To kill; murder.
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  1. (--- Slang) To kill; murder.
  2. To pass without being put to use:
  3. To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose:
To strike (an object or target) with a beam of energy, an electric current, or supernatural power:
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  1. To strike (an object or target) with a beam of energy, an electric current, or supernatural power:
  2. In science fiction and fantasy, to transport (a person or thing) into another place or time instantaneously, as with an energy beam.
  3. To use a TV remote control, as to change channels or to skip ahead on a tape, disc, etc.
To do away with completely; put an end to; esp., to make (a law, etc.) null and void
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  1. To do away with completely; put an end to; esp., to make (a law, etc.) null and void
  2. (Archaic) To destroy completely.
  3. To abrogate, annul, cancel, eliminate, put an end to, recall, repeal, or revoke, especially things of a seemingly permanent nature, such as customs, institutions, and usages. To abrogate, annul, cancel, eliminate, put an end to, recall, repeal, or revoke, especially things of a seemingly permanent nature, such as customs, institutions, and usages.
To be completely destructive.
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  1. To be completely destructive.
  2. (Physics) To participate in annihilation. Used of particles and antiparticles.
  3. To consider or cause to be of no importance or without effect; nullify
  1. To make indecipherable; to obliterate
  2. To obscure.
  3. Used other than as an idiom: see blot,"Ž out.
(Informal) All the way; completely:
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  1. (Informal) All the way; completely:
  2. To become clear, unclouded, etc.
  3. To remove the occupants of:
To tear out by the roots; uproot
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  1. To tear out by the roots; uproot
  2. To get rid of; eliminate:
To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping.
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  1. To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping.
  2. To remove (data) from a computer storage device
  3. To remove (recorded material) from a magnetic tape or other storage medium:
To get rid of by destroying completely:
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  1. To get rid of by destroying completely:
To put an end to; destroy or cause to die out
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  1. To put an end to; destroy or cause to die out
  2. (Psychology) To bring about the extinction of a conditioned response.
  3. To cause (a fire or light) to stop burning or shining; put out.
To pull up by the roots; root out
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  1. To pull up by the roots; root out
  2. To remove by surgery.
  3. To destroy or remove completely; exterminate; abolish
To dispose of or get rid of, as by killing
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  1. To dispose of or get rid of, as by killing
  2. To settle the affairs of (a business firm, for example) by determining the liabilities and applying the assets to their discharge.
  3. To settle by agreement or legal process the amount of (indebtedness, damages, etc.)
To blot out or wear away, leaving no traces; erase; efface
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  1. To blot out or wear away, leaving no traces; erase; efface
  2. To render invisible or unreadable, as by erasing or marking over:
  3. To remove or destroy completely so as to leave no trace.
To do away with; eliminate:
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  1. To do away with; eliminate:
  2. To move (something) from where it is; lift, push, transfer, or carry away, or from one place to another
  3. To be removable
To remove or get rid of. Often used with out :
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  1. To remove or get rid of. Often used with out :
  2. To cause (a cutting from a plant) to develop roots, as by placing in water or in sand, soil, etc.
  3. A plant part that usually grows underground, secures the plant in place, absorbs minerals and water, and stores food manufactured by leaves and other plant parts. Roots grow in a root system. Eudicots and magnoliids have a central, longer, and larger taproot with many narrower lateral roots branching off, while monocots have a mass of threadlike fibrous roots , which are roughly the same length and remain close to the surface of the soil. In vascular plants, roots usually consist of a central cylinder of vascular tissue, surrounded by the pericycle and endodermis, then a thick layer of cortex, and finally an outer epidermis or (in woody plants) periderm. Only finer roots (known as feeder roots) actively take up water and minerals, generally in the uppermost meter of soil. These roots absorb minerals primarily through small epidermal structures known as root hairs. In certain plants, adventitious roots grow out from the stem above ground as aerial roots or prop roots, bending down into the soil, to facilitate the exchange of gases or increase support. Certain plants (such as the carrot and beet) have fleshy storage roots with abundant parenchyma in their vascular tissues.
To pull up (a plant and its roots) from the ground.
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  1. To pull up (a plant and its roots) from the ground.
  2. To remove or force from home or native land
  3. To destroy or remove utterly; eradicate
To move aimlessly or lackadaisically:
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  1. To move aimlessly or lackadaisically:
  2. (Intransitive) To move or walk lackadaisically.
  3. To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
(Intransitive) To play the fiddle idly.
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  1. (Intransitive) To play the fiddle idly.
  2. To waste (time)
To move slowly or aimlessly; loaf
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  1. To move slowly or aimlessly; loaf
  2. To move slowly or without purpose:
  3. To spend time unprofitably; be unemployed or inactive
To pass without being put to use:
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  1. To pass without being put to use:
  2. (Now Rare) To pass or be spent
  3. To use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly.
To spend (time) idly or pleasantly:
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  1. To spend (time) idly or pleasantly:
To beguile; lure
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  1. To beguile; lure
  2. To influence or lead by means of wiles; entice:
  3. To pass (time) agreeably:
A surnamefor someone living by a brook.
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  1. A surnamefor someone living by a brook.
  2. A female given name of modern usage; more often spelled Brooke.
  3. A small stream, usually not so large as a river
A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting eastern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida and now located in central Oklahoma and southern Alabama. The Creek were removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s.
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  1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting eastern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida and now located in central Oklahoma and southern Alabama. The Creek were removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s.
  2. A channel or stream running through a salt marsh:
  3. A small stream, often a shallow or intermittent tributary to a river.
Something that resembles a branch of a tree, as in form or function, as:
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  1. Something that resembles a branch of a tree, as in form or function, as:
  2. Any woody extension growing from the trunk or main stem, or from a main limb, of a tree or shrub
  3. An area of specialized skill or knowledge, especially academic or vocational, that is related to but separate from other areas:
The production achieved during such a period:
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  1. The production achieved during such a period:
  2. A trend or tendency:
  3. A distance covered by running or traveling:

Synonym Study

  • Dispatch suggests a killing by direct action, such as shooting, and emphasizes speed or promptness
  • Execute denotes a killing in accordance with a legally imposed sentence
  • Assassinate implies specifically the sudden killing of a politically important person, often by someone hired or delegated to do this
  • Murder applies to an unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing
  • Slay , now largely a literary word, implies deliberate and violent killing
  • Kill is the general word in this list, meaning to cause the death of in any way, and may be applied to persons, animals, or plants
Find another word for kill. In this page you can discover 175 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for kill, like: martyr, slay, slaughter, murder, assassinate, massacre, butcher, execute, put-to-death, dispatch and hang.