Synonyms of kill in English:


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1‘gangs killed twenty-seven people’

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’

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


3‘we had to kill several hours at the airport’

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’

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

refresh, revitalize

5‘my feet were killing me’

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’

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’

muffle, deaden, stifle, dampen, damp down, smother, reduce, diminish, decrease, suppress, abate, tone down, moderate, silence, mute, still, soften, quell
British quieten down
North American quiet down


8‘she gave me a shot to kill the pain’

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


9‘if a message has been killed, the file contains only the header’

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’

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

pass, accept

11‘Noel parked and killed the engine’

turn off, switch off, stop, stop working, shut off, shut down, cut, cut out, deactivate
put out, turn out, extinguish



1‘the hunter proudly flung down his kill’

prey, quarry, victim, bag

2‘the wolf was moving in for the kill’

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