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verb kill pronunciation in British 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.
    Many people believe that killing animals for sport is morally wrong.
    Speed kills.
  2. 2
    [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!
  3. 3
    [transitive] to spend time doing a particular activity while you are waiting for something
    We killed a few hours watching videos.
    kill time: Shopping can be a good way to kill time at the airport.
  4. 4
    [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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