Kill vs. Eradicate

Kill vs. Eradicate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Kill and Eradicate

Killverb

To put to death

Who killed Julius Caesar?.

Eradicateverb

To tear up by the roots

"They loosened the soil and eradicated the weeds" (James Macauley).

Killverb

To deprive of life

Smallpox killed millions of people in the 1900s.

Eradicateverb

To get rid of; eliminate

Their goal was to eradicate poverty.

Killverb

To put an end to; extinguish

The rain killed our plans for a picnic.

Eradicateverb

(transitive) To pull up by the roots; to uproot.

Killverb

To destroy a vitally essential quality in

Too much garlic killed the taste of the meat.

Eradicateverb

(transitive) To destroy completely; to reduce to nothing radically; to put an end to; to extirpate.

Smallpox was globally eradicated in 1980.

Killverb

To cause to cease operating; turn off

killed the motor.

Eradicateverb

kill in large numbers;

the plague wiped out an entire population

Killverb

To tire out completely; exhaust

"The trip to work, and the boredom and nervousness of jobs, kills men" (Jimmy Breslin).

Eradicateverb

destroy completely, as if down to the roots;

the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted

Killverb

To pass (time) in aimless activity

killed a few hours before the flight by sightseeing.

Killverb

To consume entirely; finish off

kill a bottle of brandy.

Killverb

(Sports) To prevent the opposing team from scoring on a power play during (a penalty), as in ice hockey.

Killverb

To cause extreme pain or discomfort to

My shoes are killing me.

Killverb

To mark for deletion; rule out

killed the story.

Killverb

To thwart passage of; veto

kill a congressional bill.

Killverb

(Informal) To overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration

The outstanding finale killed the audience.

Killverb

To hit (a ball) with great force.

Killverb

To hit (a ball) with such force as to make a return impossible, as in volleyball.

Killverb

To cause death or extinction; be fatal.

Killverb

(Informal) To make such a strong impression as to overcome

dress to kill.

Killverb

(Informal) To be very painful or uncomfortable.

Killnoun

The act of killing.

Killnoun

An animal killed, especially in hunting.

Killnoun

A person killed or to be killed

"Infantrymen ... had seen too many kills suddenly get up and run away or shoot at them as they approached" (Nelson DeMille).

Killnoun

An event in which large numbers of individuals are killed

a fish kill.

Killnoun

The act of attacking and destroying an enemy aircraft, vessel, or missile.

Killnoun

(Sports) In games such as volleyball and tennis, a shot that is so forcefully hit that it cannot be returned.

Killnoun

See creek. See Note at run.

Killverb

(transitive) To put to death; to extinguish the life of.

Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined.

Killverb

(transitive) To render inoperative.

He killed the engine and turned off the headlights, but remained in the car, waiting.

Killverb

To stop, cease, or render void; to terminate.

The editor decided to kill the story.The news that a hurricane had destroyed our beach house killed our plans to sell it.My computer wouldn't respond until I killed some of the running processes.

Killverb

To amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.

That night, she was dressed to kill.That joke always kills me.

Killverb

To produce feelings of dissatisfaction or revulsion in.

It kills me to throw out three whole turkeys, but I can't get anyone to take them and they've already started to go bad.It kills me to learn how many poor people are practically starving in this country while rich moguls spend such outrageous amounts on useless luxuries.

Killverb

(transitive) To use up or to waste.

I'm just doing this to kill time.He told the bartender, pointing at the bottle of scotch he planned to consume, "Leave it, I'm going to kill the bottle."

Killverb

To exert an overwhelming effect on.

Between the two of us, we killed the rest of the case of beer.Look at the amount of destruction to the enemy base. We pretty much killed their ability to retaliate anymore.

Killverb

To overpower, overwhelm, or defeat.

The team had absolutely killed their traditional rivals, and the local sports bars were raucous with celebrations.

Killverb

(transitive) To force a company out of business.

Killverb

To produce intense pain.

You don't ever want to get rabies. The doctor will have to give you multiple shots and they really kill.

Killverb

To punish severely.

My parents are going to kill me!

Killverb

To strike (a ball, etc.) with such force and placement as to make a shot that is impossible to defend against, usually winning a point.

Killverb

To cause (a ball, etc.) to be out of play, resulting in a stoppage of gameplay.

Killverb

To succeed with an audience, especially in comedy.

Killverb

To cause to assume the value zero.

Killverb

To disconnect (a user) involuntarily from the network.

Killverb

(metallurgy) To deadmelt.

Killnoun

The act of killing.

The assassin liked to make a clean kill, and thus favored small arms over explosives.

Killnoun

Specifically, the death blow.

The hunter delivered the kill with a pistol shot to the head.

Killnoun

The result of killing; that which has been killed.

The fox dragged its kill back to its den.

Killnoun

(volleyball) The grounding of the ball on the opponent's court, winning the rally.

Killnoun

A creek; a body of water; a channel or arm of the sea.

The channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills.Schuylkill, Catskill, etc.

Killnoun

the act of terminating a life

Killnoun

the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile;

the pilot reported two kills during the mission

Killverb

cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly;

This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bankThe farmer killed a pig for the holidays

Killverb

thwart the passage of;

kill a motionhe shot down the student's proposal

Killverb

cause the death of, without intention;

She was killed in the collision of three cars

Killverb

end or extinguish by forceful means;

Stamp out poverty!

Killverb

be fatal;

cigarettes killdrunken driving kills

Killverb

be the source of great pain for;

These new shoes are killing me!

Killverb

overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration;

The comedian was so funny, he was killing me!

Killverb

hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games;

She killed the ball

Killverb

hit with great force;

He killed the ball

Killverb

deprive of life;

AIDS has killed thousands in Africa

Killverb

drink down entirely;

He downed three martinis before dinnerShe killed a bottle of brandy that nightThey popped a few beer after work

Killverb

mark for deletion, rub off, or erase;

kill these lines in the President's speech

Killverb

tire out completely;

The daily stress of her work is killing her

Killverb

cause to cease operating;

kill the engine

Killverb

destroy a vitally essential quality of or in;

Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods