- 1to put out (a fire, light, etc.); quench
- 2to destroy or get rid of something completely
Using extinguish: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "extinguish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The firefighters worked hard to extinguish the raging inferno.
He quickly extinguished the candle flame with his fingers.
The company decided to extinguish the old product line.
The new regulations aim to extinguish corruption in the government.
extinguish Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with extinguish
The constant failures extinguished his hope of ever succeeding.
She finally managed to extinguish her student loan debt after years of hard work.
The peace talks aimed to extinguish the flames of war between the two countries.
Origins of extinguish
from Latin 'exstinguere', meaning 'to quench'
Summary: extinguish in Brief
To 'extinguish' [ikˈstiŋɡwɪʃ] means to put out a fire or light, or to completely destroy or get rid of something. It has both literal and figurative uses, such as 'The firefighters worked hard to extinguish the raging inferno' and 'The company decided to extinguish the old product line.' Phrases include 'extinguish hope,' 'extinguish a debt,' and 'extinguish the flames of war.'