kill Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “kill” in the English Dictionary

"kill" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   /kɪl/

kill verb (DEATH)

A2 [I or T] to ​cause someone or something to ​die: Her ​parents were killed in a ​planecrash. Smoking can kill. Food must be ​heated to a high ​temperature to kill ​harmfulbacteria.
More examples

kill verb (FINISH)

C2 [T] to ​stop or ​destroy a ​relationship, ​activity, or ​experience: Lack of ​romance can kill a ​marriage. They gave her some ​tablets to kill the ​pain. Kill ​yourspeed. [T] mainly US informal (also kill off) to ​drink all of something: We killed off two ​six-packswatching the ​game.

kill verb (EFFORT)

C1 [T] informal to ​cause someone a lot of ​effort or ​difficulty: It wouldn't kill you to ​apologize. He didn't ​exactly kill himselftrying to get the ​workfinished.

kill verb (HURT)

[T] informal to ​cause someone a lot of ​pain: I must ​sit down, my ​feet are killing me!

kill verb (ANGER)

A2 [T] informal If you say that someone will kill you, you ​mean that they will be very ​angry with you: My ​sister would kill me if she ​heard me say that.

kill verb (ENTERTAIN)

[T] mainly US informal to make someone ​laugh a lot: That ​comedian kills me.kill yourself informal to ​laugh very much: We were killing ourselves laughing.
Phrasal verbs

killnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /kɪl/
an ​animal or ​bird that has been ​hunted and killed, or the ​action of killing: The ​leopardseizesits kill and ​begins to ​eat. Like other ​birds of ​prey, it ​quickly moves in for the kill.
(Definition of kill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kill" in American English

See all translations

killverb [I/T]

 us   /kɪl/
to ​cause someone or something to ​die: [T] Livestock are being killed by ​tigers in some ​areas. [I] Just a ​tinydrop of this ​poison is enough to kill. [T] fig. If you ​tell Mom, I’ll kill you (= I will be ​extremelyangry with you). To kill something can also ​mean to ​hurt, ​damage, ​remove, or ​destroy it: [T] It wouldn’t kill you to ​apologize. [T] The ​doctor gave her something to kill the ​pain.kill time (also time to kill) If you kill ​time or have ​time to kill, you do something while you are ​waiting for something ​else to ​happen: We killed some ​timeplayingcards while we ​waited for the ​flight. I had a ​couple of ​hours to kill before ​dinner.
noun [C]  us   /ˈkɪl·ɪŋ/
She ​refused to take ​part in the killing of ​animals.

killnoun [U]

 us   /kɪl/
an ​animal that has been ​hunted and killed: The ​leopardseizedits kill and ​dragged it into the ​bush.
(Definition of kill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"kill" in Business English

See all translations

killverb [T]

uk   us   /kɪl/
to ​stop or destroy something: The board's ​negativevote killed the ​deal. The ​pooreconomicsituation has killed the ​plan to ​expand the ​business. All ​sorts of new ​media are killing ​regionalnewspapers.
(Definition of kill from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of kill?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“kill” in American English

“kill” in Business English

Word of the Day


peaceful, quiet, and without worry

Word of the Day

Tree huggers and climate change deniers
Tree huggers and climate change deniers
by Colin McIntosh,
October 08, 2015
The climate debate is one that has predictably generated a large amount of new vocabulary, some of it originally specialized scientific terminology that has been taken up by the media and is now common currency. Some of these terms are new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. The two opposing sides in

Read More 

climate justice noun
climate justice noun
October 12, 2015
the holding to account of those responsible for climate change and reparation for those most affected by it I just finished reading the pope’s message to the world on climate justice.I feel energized and have joined a group of people at my church, St. Joseph University Parish, who feel the same.

Read More