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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theykill off
he/she/itkills off
present participlekilling off
past tensekilled off
past participlekilled off
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  1. 1
    to destroy living things so that most or all of them are dead
    Antibiotics may kill off beneficial bacteria.
  2. 2
    to stop, get rid of, or destroy something
    In an unexpected action, the corporation announced that it would kill off its two least productive subsidiaries.
  3. 3
    if a writer kills off someone in a book, play, movie, or television program, they make them die in the story
    She was killed off at the end of the second series.
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