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verb [transitive]     extinguish pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleextinguishing
past tenseextinguished
past participleextinguished
  1. 1
    formal to make a fire or cigarette stop burning. A more usual word is put out

    Firemen fought for hours to extinguish the blaze.

  2. 2
    mainly literary to stop a feeling or idea from continuing to exist


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