(noun, verb)


1. the act of terminating a life

Similar word(s): killing

Definition categories: act, conclusion, ending, termination

2. the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile

- the pilot reported two kills during the mission

Definition categories: act, destruction, devastation

3. the body of an animal, or bodies of animals, killed by a person or another animal

Definition categories: animal, body

Sentences with kill as a noun:

- The assassin liked to make a clean kill, and thus favored small arms over explosives.

- The hunter delivered the kill with a pistol shot to the head.

- The fox dragged its kill back to its den.

- The channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills.

- Schuylkill, Catskill, etc.


1. cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

- This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank

- The farmer killed a pig for the holidays

Definition categories: contact

2. thwart the passage of

- kill a motion

Similar word(s): defeat

Definition categories: social, blackball, negative, veto

3. end or extinguish by forceful means

Definition categories: change, end, terminate

4. be fatal

- cigarettes kill

- drunken driving kills

Definition categories: stative, be

5. be the source of great pain for

- These new shoes are killing me!

Definition categories: perception, ache, hurt, suffer

6. overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

- The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!

Definition categories: emotion, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, whelm

7. hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games

- She killed the ball

Definition categories: contact, hit

8. hit with great force

- He killed the ball

Definition categories: contact, hit

9. deprive of life

- AIDS has killed thousands in Africa

Definition categories: contact

10. cause the death of, without intention

- She was killed in the collision of three cars

Definition categories: contact

11. drink down entirely

- She killed a bottle of brandy that night

Similar word(s): down, pop

Definition categories: consumption, drink, imbibe

12. mark for deletion, rub off, or erase

- kill these lines in the President's speech

Similar word(s): obliterate

Definition categories: change

13. tire out completely

- The daily stress of her work is killing her

Definition categories: change, beat, exhaust, tucker

14. cause to cease operating

- kill the engine

Definition categories: change, cut

15. destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

- Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods

Definition categories: change, destroy, destruct

Sentences with kill as a verb:

- Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined.

- There is conclusive evidence that smoking kills.

- Shakespeare killed Romeo and Juliet for drama.

- He killed the engine and turned off the headlights, but remained in the car, waiting.

- Peter: I killed it, with a machine gun.

- The editor decided to kill the story.

- The news that a hurricane had destroyed our beach house killed our plans to sell it.

- My computer wouldn't respond until I killed some of the running processes.

- That night, she was dressed to kill.

- That joke always kills me.

- It kills me to throw out three whole turkeys, but I can't get anyone to take them and they've already started to go bad.

- It kills me to learn how many poor people are practically starving in this country while rich moguls spend such outrageous amounts on useless luxuries.

- I'm just doing this to kill time.

- He told the bartender, pointing at the bottle of scotch he planned to consume, "Leave it, I'm going to kill the bottle."

- Between the two of us, we killed the rest of the case of beer.

- Look at the amount of destruction to the enemy base. We pretty much killed their ability to retaliate anymore.

- The team had absolutely killed their traditional rivals, and the local sports bars were raucous with celebrations.

- You don't ever want to get rabies. The doctor will have to give you multiple shots and they really kill.

- My parents are going to kill me!