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Dictionary definition for: Extinguish

1. (v) put an end to; kill; "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"

2. (v) put out, as of fires, flames, or lights; "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained" "quench the flames" "snuff out the candles"

3. (v) extinguish by crushing; "stub out your cigar"

4. (v) kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population"

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