What does Destroy mean?

Definitions for Destroy
dɪˈstrɔɪde·stroy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destroy, destructverb

    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

    "The fire destroyed the house"

  2. destroy, ruinverb

    destroy completely; damage irreparably

    "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"

  3. demolish, destroyverb

    defeat soundly

    "The home team demolished the visitors"

  4. destroy, put downverb

    put (an animal) to death

    "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid"; "the sick cat had to be put down"

Wiktionary

  1. destroyverb

    To cause destruction.

    Hooligans destroy unprovoked

  2. destroyverb

    To neutralize, undo a property or condition.

    Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate

  3. destroyverb

    To put down or euthanize.

    Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.

  4. destroyverb

    To defeat soundly.

  5. destroyverb

    To remove data.

    The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.

  6. Etymology: destroyen, from destruire,, from Classical destruo, from de- + struo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DESTROYverb

    Etymology: destruo, Latin; destruire, French.

    The lord will destroy this city. Gen. xix. 14.

    Solyman sent a great part of his army out of the main unto the island, which burnt and destroyed the country villages. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    A people, great and many, and tall as the Anakims; but the Lord destroyed them before them, and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead. Deutr. ii. 21.

    ’Tis safer to be that which we destroy,
    Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The wise providence hath placed a certain antipathy between some animals and many insects, whereby they delight in their destruction, though they use them not as food; as the peacock destroys snakes and adders; the weasel, mice and rats; spiders, flies; and some sorts of flies destroy spiders. Matthew Hale.

    Do we not see that slothful, intemperate and incontinent persons destroy their bodies with diseases, their reputations with disgrace, and their faculties with want? Richard Bentley.

    There will be as many sovereigns as fathers: the mother too hath her title, which destroys the sovereignty of one supreme monarch. John Locke.

ChatGPT

  1. destroy

    The general definition of "destroy" is to cause extensive damage, ruin, or render something completely nonfunctional or unusable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Destroyverb

    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

  2. Destroyverb

    to ruin; to bring to naught; to put an end to; to annihilate; to consume

  3. Destroyverb

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

Wikidata

  1. Destroy

    Destroy! was an American crust punk band from Minneapolis from 1988 to 1994. Vocalist Felix Havoc founded Havoc Records in 1992 as a vehicle for Destroy!'s Burn this Racist System Down 7" EP.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Destroy

    de-stroy′, v.i. to unbuild or pull down: to overturn: to ruin: to put an end to:—pr.p. destroy′ing:—pa.p. destroyed′.—n. Destroy′er. [O. Fr. destruire (Fr. détruire)—L. destruĕre, destructumde, down, and struĕre, to build.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Destroy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4472

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Destroy' in Verbs Frequency: #334

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Destroy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Destroy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Destroy in a Sentence

  1. Mahatma Gandhi:

    The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.

  2. Amanda Gorman:

    Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken, but simply unfinished, we've seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it. Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.

  3. Glen VanHerck:

    [F]rom a safety standpoint, picture yourself with large debris weighing hundreds if not thousands of pounds falling out of the sky. That’s really what we’re kind of talking about, so glass off of solar panels, potentially hazardous material, such as material that is required for a batteries to operate in such an environment as this and even the potential for explosives to detonate and destroy the balloon that could have been present.

  4. State John Kerry:

    President Obama has made a very strong and forceful and simple decision entirely in keeping with his originally stated policy that we must defeat and destroy Daesh, it is not a decision to enter into Syria's civil war. It is not an action focused on (Syrian President Bashar) Assad, it focused exclusively on Daesh and in augmenting our ability to rapidly attack Daesh.

  5. Matt Rosendale:

    Jon Tester took a highly respected man by Presidents President Donald Trump, Obama and Bush and personally led the Democrat attack to destroy Ronny Jackson and fight President President Donald Trump, jon Tester keeps promising Montanans Jon Tester'll work with the President, but instead Jon Tester's giving us a load of manure. I'm fed up with these political games from Tester and Jon Tester blind allegiance to Jon Tester party bosses and not the people of Montana.

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