Pronunciation: (ik-sting'gwish), [key]
1. to put out (a fire, light, etc.); put out the flame of (something burning or lighted): to extinguish a candle.
2. to put an end to or bring to an end; wipe out of existence; annihilate: to extinguish hope.
3. to obscure or eclipse, as by superior brilliance.
4. Law.to discharge (a debt), as by payment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.