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Definition of "destroy" []

  • To ruin completely; spoil: The ancient manuscripts were destroyed by fire. (verb-transitive)
  • To tear down or break up; demolish. See Synonyms at ruin. (verb-transitive)
  • To do away with; put an end to: "In crowded populations, poverty destroys the possibility of cleanliness” ( George Bernard Shaw). (verb-transitive)
  • To kill: destroy a rabid dog. (verb-transitive)
  • To subdue or defeat completely; crush: The rebel forces were destroyed in battle. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "destroy" in a sentence
  • "read destroy size=`stat $destroy | grep Size | awk 'print $2'`"
  • "“For Argos, we could have gone to places with real walls and so on, but the problem was I wanted massive destruction, and the best way to destroy is to build,” says Leterrier."
  • "It would also eliminate the word "destroy" when used to refer to the humane euthanasia of a sick, injured or suffering animal."