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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·tin·guish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extinguished p pr. & vb. n. Extinguishing.]
 1. To quench; to put out, as a light or fire; to stifle; to cause to die out; to put an end to; to destroy; as, to extinguish a flame, or life, or love, or hope, a pretense or a right.
    A light which the fierce winds have no power to extinguish.   --Prescott.
    This extinguishes my right to the reversion.   --Blackstone.
 2. To obscure; to eclipse, as by superior splendor.
    Natural graces that extinguish art.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning; "the
          extinction of the lights" [syn: extinction, quenching]