/kɪl / (say kil)

verb (t)
1. to deprive (any living creature or thing) of life in any manner; cause the death of; slay.
2. to destroy; to do away with; extinguish: kill hope.
3. to destroy or neutralise the active qualities of.
4. to spoil the effect of.
5. to pass (the time) idly while waiting for something to come, happen, or the like: he killed time waiting for the bus to come.
6. to overcome completely or with irresistible effect.
7. to cancel (a word, paragraph, item, etc.).
8. to defeat or veto (a legislative bill, etc.).
9. Electricity to render (a circuit) dead.
10. Tennis to hit (a ball) with such force that its return is impossible.
11. (in computer games) to eliminate (an opponent) by killing the persona which represents them in the game.
12. Colloquial to put a stop to; terminate: to kill a project.
13. Colloquial to hurt: to nurse the baby kills your arms.
verb (i)
14. to inflict or cause death.
15. to commit murder.
16. to have an irresistible effect: dressed to kill.
17. Colloquial to be extremely painful: my leg kills.
18. the act of killing (game, etc.).
19. an animal or animals killed.
20. Tennis a stroke of such force that it cannot be returned.
21. Shooting a successful shot in clay-pigeon shooting.
22. Bowls a shot which drives the jack out of the playing area.
23. be in at the kill, to be present at or involved in the successful conclusion of an undertaking.
24. kill off, to destroy completely and often indiscriminately.
25. kill two birds with one stone, to achieve two (or more) objectives by one action.
26. kill with kindness, to destroy with acts of excessive devotion, as a plant by overwatering.
{Middle English cullen, kyllen; apparently from Old English -colla (in morgen-colla morning slaughter)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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