Meaning of extinguish

ex•tin•guish

Pronunciation: (ik-sting'gwish), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to put out (a fire, light, etc.); put out the flame of (something burning or lighted): to extinguish a candle.
  2. to put an end to or bring to an end; wipe out of existence; annihilate: to extinguish hope.
  3. to obscure or eclipse, as by superior brilliance.
  4. to discharge (a debt), as by payment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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