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verb kill pronunciation in American English /kɪl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theykill
he/she/itkills
present participlekilling
past tensekilled
past participlekilled
 
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a person or other living thing die

    Each year thousands of people are killed and injured on the roads.

    Many people believe that killing animals for sport is morally wrong.

    Speed kills.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to stop something from continuing

    The group effectively killed speculation that a merger was about to take place.

    1. a.
      to stop pain

      The nurse will give you something to kill the pain.

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    2. b.
      informal to decide not to publish or broadcast a news story
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    3. c.
      informal to switch lights off

      Can you kill the lights?

  3. 3
    [transitive] [always progressive] informal if part of your body is killing you, it is causing you a lot of pain

    My feet are killing me.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] to make you feel very tired

      Those stairs kill me every time!

  4. 4
    [transitive] to spend time doing a particular activity while you are waiting for something

    We killed a few hours watching reruns.

    kill time:

    Shopping can be a good way to kill time at the airport.

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