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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: exstinguere, from stinguere 'to extinguish'


ex‧tin‧guish [transitive] formal
1 to make a fire or light stop burning or shining [= put out]:
Please extinguish all cigarettes.
Firemen were called to extinguish the blaze.
2 to make an idea or feeling stop:
All hope was almost extinguished.
to be burning: be on fire, be ablaze, be alight

to start burning: catch fire, burst into flames, ignite

to make something start burning: light, set fire to something

to make something stop burning: put out, extinguish

to hurt or damage your skin with hot liquid or steam: scald

the crime of deliberately setting fire to buildings: arson

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