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extinguish

verb [T] uk   us   /ɪkˈstɪŋ.ɡwɪʃ/

extinguish verb [T] (FIRE/LIGHT)

to stop a fire or a light burning: It took the firefighters several hours to extinguish the flames. to extinguish a cigarette

extinguish verb [T] (FEELING/IDEA)

literary to stop or get rid of an idea or feeling: Nothing could extinguish his love for her.
Translations of “extinguish”
in Arabic يُطْفِىء, يُخْمِد…
in Korean 불을 끄다…
in Malaysian padamkan…
in French éteindre…
in Turkish söndürmek…
in Italian estinguere, spengere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 火/光, 熄滅,撲滅(火或光)…
in Russian тушить, гасить…
in Polish gasić…
in Vietnamese dập tắt…
in Spanish extinguir, apagar…
in Portuguese extinguir…
in Thai ทำให้ไฟดับ…
in German löschen…
in Catalan extingir…
in Japanese (火、光など)を消す…
in Indonesian memadamkan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 火/光, 熄灭,扑灭(火或光)…
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