1 execute, slay, murder, assassinate, do away with, put to death, cause the death of, liquidate, dispatch or despatch, take (someone's) life, finish (off), put an end to, write 'finis' to, silence, kill off, administer the coup de grâce, eliminate, put (someone) out of (his or her) misery, exterminate, extinguish, obliterate, eradicate, destroy, annihilate, massacre, slaughter, decimate, butcher, (of animals) put down, put to sleep, Slang do in, bump or knock off, hit, polish off, snuff (out), take for a ride, US waste, rub out, ice, fit with concrete overshoes or a wooden kimono:
He was the third police officer to be killed this year.
2 destroy, ruin, devastate, ravage, wreak or work havoc (up)on, kill off:
The entire orange crop was killed by the sudden frost.
3 muffle, neutralize, deaden, damp, silence, nullify, dull, absorb, smother, stifle, suppress, still:
This padding should kill the noise of the motor.
4 exhaust, tire (out), fatigue, weary, Colloq fag (out):
Pushing that mower all day nearly killed me.
5 hurt, pain, torment, torture:
These shoes are killing me.
6 quash, suppress, defeat, veto, cancel:
The tobacco interests campaigned to kill the bill to ban smoking in public places
7 consume, use up, spend, while away, occupy, fill, pass, idle:
While waiting, I killed time doing a crossword puzzle.
8 game, prey; quarry:
The lioness allowed her cubs to eat part of the kill.
9 death, killing, end, finish, deathblow, coup de grâce; termination, denouement or dénouement, conclusion:
She wants to be in at the kill.