Definition of Destroy

1. Verb. Do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of. "The fire destroyed the house"




2. Verb. Destroy completely; damage irreparably. "The tears ruined her make-up"

3. Verb. Defeat soundly. "The fighter managed to destroy his opponent"; "The home team demolished the visitors"
Exact synonyms: Demolish
Specialized synonyms: Smash, Swallow, Cut To Ribbons
Generic synonyms: Defeat, Get The Better Of, Overcome
Derivative terms: Demolition

4. Verb. Put (an animal) to death. "The sick cat had to be put down"
Exact synonyms: Put Down
Generic synonyms: Kill

Definition of Destroy

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Destroy

1. Verb.

(transitive) To damage beyond use or repair.
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2. Verb. (intransitive) To cause destruction. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To neutralize, undo a property or condition. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To put down or euthanize. ¹

5. Verb. (colloquial transitive) To defeat soundly. ¹

6. Verb. (computing transitive) To remove data. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Destroy

1. to damage beyond repair or renewal [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Destroy

destock
destocking
destratification
destratifications
destratificator
destratificators
destress
destressification
destressing
destreza
destrier
destriers
destrin
destroi
destroy (current term)
destroyable
destroyed
destroyed jeans
destroyer
destroyer escort
destroyer escorts
destroyer leader
destroyer leaders
destroyer minesweeper
destroyer minesweepers
destroyers
destroyest
destroyeth
destroyin'

Literary usage of Destroy

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1854)
"The prince's sorrows we will sing, Which the Fates sorely did annoy, And God in mercy would not destroy. “After Worcester most fatall fight, When that King ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1887)
"In vain did Cochrane signal 'All the enemy's ships except two are on shore ;' ' The enemy's ships can be destroyed ; ' ' Half the fleet can destroy the ..."

3. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"Such excesses not only destroy firmness of will ; all power of judgment gets ... Nor let the refusal be final ; that would be to destroy dependence ; let ..."

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