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verb kill pronunciation in American English /kɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlekilling
past tensekilled
past participlekilled
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  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.

  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.

  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.

    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
    kill time:

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

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