From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishkillkill1 /kɪl/ ●●●S1W1 verb1make somebody/something die [intransitive, transitive]KILL to make a person or animaldieWhy did she kill her husband?Murray held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.Four people were killed when a train plunged into a flooded river.be killed instantly/outright (=immediately)The driver was killed instantly.Bleach kills household germs.Smoking kills.2 →kill yourself3make something stop/fail [transitive]STOP something THAT IS HAPPENING to make something stopoperating or failJoe pulled in and killed the engine.The out-of-town shopping centre will kill local trade.kill your speed (=drive slowly)4be angry with somebody [transitive] informalANGRY to be very angry with someoneMom will kill me if I’m late.5annoyed/sad [transitive]TIREDSAD/UNHAPPY to make someone feel annoyed, sad, concerned etcit kills somebody to do somethingIt kills me to see him working so hard.What happened next? The suspense is killing me.6 →would/could kill for something7 →my head/back etc is killing me8 →kill time/an hour etc9 →kill a beer/bottle of wine etc10make somebody laugh [transitive]FUNNY to make someone laugh a lotkill yourself laughingThey weren’t bothered – in fact, they were killing themselves laughing.
11 →it won’t/wouldn’t kill somebody (to do something)12 →(even) if it kills me13 →kill two birds with one stone14 →kill the goose that lays the golden egg15 →kill the fatted calf16 →kill somebody with kindness17 →kill or cure → dressed to killat dressed(3)THESAURUSkill to make someone dieThe driver and his passenger were killed in the crash.He was killed by rival gang members.murder to deliberately kill someone – used when talking about this as a crimeHe was convicted of murdering his wife.commit manslaughter to kill someone without intending to – used when talking about this as a crimeThe court ruled that the guard had committed manslaughter.assassinate to deliberately kill an important person, especially a politicianHe was part of a plot to assassinate Hitler. slay to kill someone or something in a violent way – used in newspaperreports and also in old storiesTwo teenagers were slain in the shootings.St. George slew the dragon.The king was slain at the battle of Hastings.execute formal (also put somebody to death) to kill someone as a punishment for a crimeMcVeigh, who killed 168 people in a bombing attack, was executed by lethal injection.eliminate to kill someone in order to prevent them from causingtroublea ruthless dictator who eliminated all his rivalstake somebody out informal to kill someone in order to get rid of them, especially an enemy or someone who is causing trouble for youUS forces used air strikes to take out the enemy positions.One of the other drug dealers may have decided to take him out. bump somebody off humorous informal to kill someoneHe was so irritating I felt like bumping him off myself.do away with somebody informal to kill someoneThe settlers in Jamestown had been done away with, but no one knew how.to kill yourselfcommit suicide to kill yourselfHe committed suicide after the death of his girlfriend.take your own life formal to kill yourselfHe had taken his own life while he was severely depressed.They believe that it is a sin to take your own life.to kill a large number of peoplemassacre to kill a large number of people in a violent wayThousands of peaceful demonstrators were massacred by the soldiers.slaughter to kill a large number of people in a violent way. Slaughter is also used about killing animals for foodThe army slaughtered thousands of civilians in an effort to stop the revolt.The pigs were slaughtered on the farm. exterminate to kill large numbers of a particular group, so that they no longer existHitler’s goal was to exterminate the Jews.