destroy definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To ruin totally; spoil: The ancient manuscripts were destroyed by fire.
    • to-tear straight down or break up; demolish. See Synonyms at spoil.
    • To Complete away with; put an end to: "In crowded communities, poverty destroys the chance of sanitation” ( George Bernard Shaw).
    • To destroy: destroy a rabid puppy.
    • To subdue or defeat completely; crush: The rebel forces had been damaged in battle.
    • To make ineffective or inadequate: ruined the testimony of this prosecution's chief experience.
    • To unbuild; to pull or rip down; to split up virulently into its constituent parts; to break up the construction and organic presence of; to demolish.
    • To destroy; to create to naught; to put a finish to; to annihilate; to consume.
    • To put an end into the presence, prosperity, or beauty of; to destroy.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • Becoming destructive; cause destruction: "Money kills because undoubtedly as inadequate” ( John Simon).
  • verb:
    • To u000du000a harm beyond u000du000a usage or u000du000a repair.
    • resulting in destruction.
    • To counteract, undo a house or condition.
    • To put straight down or euthanize.
    • To defeat peacefully.
    • to eliminate data.
    • destroy totally; damage irreparably
    • put (an animal) to demise
    • do away with, result in the destruction or undoing of
    • defeat soundly
  • others:
    • To pull down; unbuild (what was built or built); demolish: as, to destroy a building or a fortification; to destroy a city.
    • To overthrow; put waste; spoil; make desolate.
    • To eliminate; slay; extirpate: applied to men or creatures.
    • to create to naught; stop; annihilate; obliterate totally; cause to stop, or even cease to-be: as, to destroy an individual's glee or peace of mind by stress.
    • To counteract or make of no avail; remove, detract from, or vitiate the energy, power, value, usage, or beauty of; spoil; spoil: since, to destroy a person's influence.
    • To refute; disprove.

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