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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Extinguish  \Ex*tin"guish\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Extinguished};  p 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Extinguishing}.]  [L.  extinguere  exstinguere 
  ex  out  +  stinguere  to  quench.  See  {Distinguish},  {Finish}.] 
  1.  To  quench;  to  put  out  as  a  light  or  fire;  to  stifle;  to 
  cause  to  die  out  to  put  an  end  to  to  destroy;  as  to 
  extinguish  a  flame,  or  life,  or  love,  or  hope,  a  pretense 
  or  a  right 
 
  A  light  which  the  fierce  winds  have  no  power  to 
  extinguish.  --Prescott. 
 
  This  extinguishes  my  right  to  the  reversion. 
  --Blackstone. 
 
  2.  To  obscure;  to  eclipse,  as  by  superior  splendor. 
 
  Natural  graces  that  extinguish  art.  --Shak 
  . 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  extinguish 
  v  1:  put  an  end  to  kill;  "The  Nazis  snuffed  out  the  life  of  many 
  Jewish  children"  [syn:  {snuff  out}] 
  2:  put  out  or  quench,  as  of  fires  or  lights  [syn:  {obliterate}] 
  [ant:  {ignite}] 
  3:  extinguish  by  crushing;  "stub  out  your  cigar"  [syn:  {stub 
  out},  {crush  out},  {press  out}] 
  4:  kill  in  large  numbers;  "the  plague  wiped  out  an  entire 
  population"  [syn:  {eliminate},  {annihilate},  {eradicate}, 
  {wipe  out},  {decimate},  {carry  off}] 




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