Synonyms of kill in English:

kill


See definition of kill

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’

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
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’

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

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
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’

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

SYNONYMS
prey, quarry, victim, bag

2‘the wolf was moving in for the kill’

SYNONYMS
death blow, killing, act of killing, dispatch
conclusion, ending, finish, end, climax
coup de grâce