[ US /ˈkɪɫ/ ]
[ UK /kˈɪl/ ]
  1. the act of terminating a life
  2. the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
    the pilot reported two kills during the mission
  3. the body of an animal, or bodies of animals, killed by a person or another animal
  1. hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games
    She killed the ball
  2. hit with great force
    He killed the ball
  3. cause the death of, without intention
    She was killed in the collision of three cars
  4. destroy a vitally essential quality of or in
    Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods
  5. tire out completely
    The daily stress of her work is killing her
  6. cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
    This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank
    The farmer killed a pig for the holidays
  7. drink down entirely
    He downed three martinis before dinner
    They popped a few beer after work
    She killed a bottle of brandy that night
  8. thwart the passage of
    kill a motion
    he shot down the student's proposal
  9. overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
    The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!
  10. be fatal
    cigarettes kill
    drunken driving kills
  11. be the source of great pain for
    These new shoes are killing me!
  12. end or extinguish by forceful means
    Stamp out poverty!
  13. deprive of life
    AIDS has killed thousands in Africa
  14. cause to cease operating
    kill the engine
  15. mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
    kill these lines in the President's speech
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How To Use kill In A Sentence

  • Serial killer plots (or subplots) just plain annoy me. Great Things Come to Those Who Wait : The Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas
  • At least five people were killed when an overcrowded migrant boat capsized last month which was dramatically caught on camera by Italian coastguards. The Sun
  • Toast sandwiches in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until outside is golden brown and inside is delightfully melty, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Because wheat emerges so quickly, weeds must be killed before drilling using tillage or contact herbicides.
  • We had 24 people that were killed outright on the bus, of the 40 patients that were on there.
  • A 19-year-old man was killed and four other people, including a pregnant woman, were injured when their car was riddled with bullets by the soldiers.
  • As doctors we are all too aware of the natural causes of death, such as cancer and heart disease, the top killers.
  • He admitted killing her but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility and loss of control. Times, Sunday Times
  • Today he is slightly less bullish about the book and his boardroom skills. Times, Sunday Times
  • Speaking of pal Dorian, he's mentioned to me a couple times at work that somewhere on the John Byrne Forum, some industrious individual "rewrote" events in Identity Crisis so that You-Know-Who wasn't sexually assaulted and killed. Archive 2004-07-18
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