Definition of “kill” - English Dictionary

“kill” in British English

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killverb

uk /kɪl/ us /kɪl/

kill verb (DEATH)

A2 [ I or T ] to cause someone or something to die:

Her parents were killed in a plane crash.
Smoking can kill.
Food must be heated to a high temperature to kill harmful bacteria.

More examples

  • The bomb killed four soldiers and three civilians.
  • The driver of the van was killed in the accident.
  • If you fell off the roof, you'd kill yourself.
  • The humane way of dealing with a suffering animal is to kill it quickly.
  • It is hoped that the kidnappers will not carry out their threat to kill the hostages.

killnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /kɪl/ us /kɪl/

(Definition of “kill” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“kill” in American English

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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 tiny drop of this poison is enough to kill.
[ T ] fig. If you tell Mom, I’ll kill you (= I will be extremely angry 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 time playing cards while we waited for the flight.
I had a couple of hours to kill before dinner.
killing
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 leopard seized its kill and dragged it into the bush.

(Definition of “kill” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“kill” in Business English

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killverb [ T ]

uk /kɪl/ us

to stop or destroy something:

The board's negative vote killed the deal.
The poor economic situation has killed the plan to expand the business.
All sorts of new media are killing regional newspapers.

(Definition of “kill” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)