1to make a fire or light stop burning or shining [= put out]:
Please extinguish all cigarettes.
Firemen were called to extinguish the blaze.
2to make an idea or feeling stop:
All hope was almost extinguished.
WORD FOCUS: burn WORD FOCUS: burn 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 ➔ See alsoburn
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.