Definitions for: Destroy


[v] defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors"
[v] as of animals; "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid"
[v] destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
[v] do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*stroy", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Destroyed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Destroying.] [OE. destroien, destruien, destrien,
OF. destruire, F. d['e]truire, fr. L. destruere, destructum;
de + struere to pile up, build. See Structure.]
1. To unbuild; to pull or tear down; to separate virulently
into its constituent parts; to break up the structure and
organic existence of; to demolish.

But ye shall destroy their altars, break their
images, and cut down their groves. --Ex. xxxiv.
13.

2. To ruin; to bring to naught; to put an end to; to
annihilate; to consume.

I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation.
--Jer. xii.
17.

3. To put an end to the existence, prosperity, or beauty of;
to kill.

If him by force he can destroy, or, worse, By some
false guile pervert. --Milton.

Syn: To demolish; lay waste; consume; raze; dismantle; ruin;
throw down; overthrow; subvert; desolate; devastate;
deface; extirpate; extinguish; kill; slay. See
Demolish.

Synonyms: demolish, destruct, ruin

See Also: break, break apart, break up, burn, burn down, bust, bust up, consume, cut to ribbons, defeat, demolish, demyelinate, desolate, despoil, devastate, devour, dilapidate, disassemble, dismantle, do away with, eliminate, end, eradicate, explode, exterminate, extirpate, fire, fracture, get, get rid of, harry, interdict, kick down, kick in, kill, kill, lay waste to, level, overcome, plunder, pull down, pulverise, pulverize, rape, rase, ravage, raze, self-destroy, self-destruct, shipwreck, spoil, subvert, swallow, sweep away, take apart, take down, tear down, undo, unmake, uproot, vandalise, vandalize, violate, wash out, waste, wipe out, wrack, wreck

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