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Meaning of DESTROY

Pronunciation:  di'stroy

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

DESTROY is a 7 letter word that starts with D.

 

 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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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}.

 
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