Synonyms of kill in English:

kill


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verb

1‘gangs killed twenty-seven people’

SYNONYMS

murder, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, do away with, make away with, assassinate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, execute

slaughter, butcher, massacre, wipe out, destroy, annihilate, erase, eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, decimate, mow down, shoot down, cut down, cut to pieces

put down, put to sleep

informal bump off, polish off, do in, do for, knock off, top, take out, croak, stiff, blow away, liquidate, dispose of

North American informal ice, off, rub out, waste, whack, scrag, smoke

literary slay

2‘media hostility would kill all hopes of progress’

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destroy, put an end to, bring to an end, be the end of, end, extinguish, dash, quell, quash, ruin, wreck, shatter, smash, crush, scotch

stop, block, frustrate, thwart, put a stop to, prevent, defeat, derail

informal put paid to, do for, put the lid on, put the kibosh on, stymie, queer

British informal scupper, dish

ANTONYMS

facilitate

3‘we had to kill several hours at the airport’

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while away, use up, fill up, fill in, fill, occupy, beguile, pass, spend, expend

fritter away, waste

4‘you must rest or you'll kill yourself’

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exhaust, wear out, tire out, overtax, overtire, fatigue, weary, sap, drain, tax, strain, debilitate, enervate, prostrate

informal knock out, fag out, shatter

British informal knacker

ANTONYMS

refresh, revitalize

5‘my feet were killing me’

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hurt, give pain to, cause pain to, cause agony to, pain, torture, torment, cause discomfort to

be agonizing, be excruciating, be painful, be sore, be uncomfortable

6‘the music kills me every time I hear it’

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overwhelm, take someone's breath away, leave speechless, shake, move, stir, stun, amaze, astonish, stagger, dumbfound

bowl over, blow away, knock sideways, blow someone's mind, knock for six, flabbergast

7‘the captain kept the engines at a low rev to kill the noise’

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muffle, deaden, stifle, dampen, damp down, smother, reduce, diminish, decrease, suppress, abate, tone down, moderate, silence, mute, still, quieten, soften, quell

ANTONYMS

amplify

8‘she gave me a shot to kill the pain’

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alleviate, assuage, soothe, allay, take the edge off, mitigate, dull, blunt, mask, deaden, stifle, suppress, subdue, weaken, abate, quell, get rid of, put an end to

ANTONYMS

intensify

9‘if a message has been killed, the file contains only the header’

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delete, wipe out, erase, remove, destroy, rub out, cut out, cut, cancel, get rid of, expunge, obliterate, eliminate

zap

10‘Congress killed an anti-tobacco bill’

SYNONYMS

veto, defeat, vote down, rule against, reject, throw out, overrule, stop, block, put a stop to, put an end to, quash, overturn, disallow

give the thumbs down to, squash

ANTONYMS

pass, accept

11‘Noel parked and killed the engine’

SYNONYMS

turn off, switch off, stop, stop working, shut off, shut down, cut, cut out, deactivate

put out, turn out, extinguish

ANTONYMS

start


noun

1‘the hunter proudly flung down his kill’

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prey, quarry, victim, bag

2‘the wolf was moving in for the kill’

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death blow, killing, act of killing, dispatch

conclusion, ending, finish, end, climax

coup de grâce