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extinguish (v.)

"to put out, quench, stifle," 1540s, from Latin extinguere/exstinguere "quench, put out (what is burning); wipe out, obliterate," from ex "out" (see ex-) + stinguere "quench," apparently an evolved sense from PIE *steig- "to prick, stick, pierce" (see stick (v.)). But see distinguish (v.). Related: Extinguished; extinguishing.

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Definitions of extinguish from WordNet

extinguish (v.)
put an end to; kill;
Synonyms: snuff out
extinguish (v.)
put out, as of fires, flames, or lights;
Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained
Synonyms: snuff out / blow out / quench
extinguish (v.)
extinguish by crushing;
Synonyms: stub out / crush out / press out
extinguish (v.)
terminate, end, or take out;
Socialism extinguished these archaic customs
Synonyms: eliminate / get rid of / do away with
extinguish (v.)
kill in large numbers;
Synonyms: eliminate / annihilate / eradicate / wipe out / decimate / carry off
From wordnet.princeton.edu