(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. slay (see killing); destroy, extinguish, nullify, cancel, veto. See nullification. —n. creek, river; prey, quarry. See water, killing.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To deprive of life]
Syn. slay, slaughter, murder, assassinate, massacre, butcher, execute, put to death, dispatch, hang, lynch, electrocute, knife, immolate, sacrifice, shoot, strangle, garrote, stifle, poison, choke, smother, suffocate, asphyxiate, drown, behead, hack, guillotine, crucify, dismember, decapitate, disembowel, quarter, tear limb from limb, destroy, give the death blow, give the coup de grâce , take someone's life, put an end to, victimize, martyr, exterminate, purge, stab, cut the throat, shoot down, put to the sword, mangle, cut down, bring down, mow down, machine-gun, decimate, carry off, pick off, liquidate, eliminate, remove, put one out of one's misery, put to sleep, put away, euthanize, starve, bludgeon, make away with, do away with, commit murder, spill blood, bump off*, rub out*, wipe out*, hit*, erase*, waste*, grease*, take for a ride*, do in*, knock off*, heave overboard*, finish off*, get rid of*, blow one's brains out*, send to glory*, brain*, zap*, ice*, off*, blow away*.
Ant. rescue*, resuscitate, animate.
2. [To deprive of existence]
Syn. exterminate, ruin, annihilate; see abolish , destroy 1 .
3. [To cancel]
Syn. annul, nullify, counteract; see cancel 2 , recant , revoke .
4. [To turn off]
Syn. halt, shut off, stop; see halt 2 , turn off 1 .
5. [To veto]
Syn. cancel, prohibit, refuse; see forbid , refuse .
Syn.- kill is the general word in this list, meaning to cause the death of in any way, and may be applied to persons, animals, or plants; slay , now largely a literary word, implies deliberate and violent killing; murder applies to an unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing; assassinate implies specifically the sudden killing of a politically important person, often by someone hired or delegated to do this; execute denotes a killing in accordance with a legally imposed sentence; dispatch suggests a killing by direct action, such as shooting, and emphasizes speed or promptness
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. murder put to death, execute, slay, do in, dispatch, get rid of, assassinate, exterminate, *waste, slaughter, *rub out, destroy. see murder
2. end stop, abort, halt, cease, terminate, turn off, cancel.
3. veto defeat, reject, *give thumbs down, turn down, negate.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To cause the death of: carry off, cut down, cut off, destroy, dispatch, finish (off), slay. Slang: waste, zap. Idioms: put an end to, put to sleep. See HELP. 2. To take the life of (a person or persons) unlawfully: destroy, finish (off), liquidate, murder, slay. Informal: put away. Slang: bump off, do in, knock off, off, rub out, waste, wipe out, zap. See HELP. 3. To destroy all traces of: abolish, annihilate, blot out, clear, eradicate, erase, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, liquidate, obliterate, remove, root1 (out or up), rub out, snuff out, stamp out, uproot, wipe out. Idioms: do away with, make an end of, put an end to. See HELP, MAKE. 4. To pass (time) without working or in avoiding work: dawdle (away), fiddle away, idle (away), trifle away, waste, while (away), wile (away). See INDUSTRIOUS.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Chiefly Regional. A small stream: brook1, creek. Chiefly Regional: branch, run. See DRY.

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