kill

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kill is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
kill

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
kill

Third-person singular
kills

Past tense
killed

Past participle
killed

Present participle
killing

  1. When you kill something or someone, you put them to death; you take away life.
    Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined.
  2. To make something not work.
    He killed the engine and turned off the headlights, but remained in the car, waiting.
  3. If you kill a thing, you bring it to an end.
    Kill the jokes. Let's get serious.
  4. If something has been killed it has been treated in a very rough way.
    The rough road killed the tires on my car.
    The small writing is killing my eyes.
  5. If something is killing you, it causes pain. If a body part is killing you, it hurts.
    My headache is killing me.
    My head is killing me.
  6. If something funny kills you it makes you laugh.
    Your jokes just kill me.

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Noun[change]

Singular
kill

Plural
kills

  1. The act of killing.
    The assassin liked to make a clean kill, and thus favored small arms over explosives.
  2. The result of killing; the thing that has been killed.
    The fox dragged its kill back to its den.

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