What does demolish mean?

Definitions for demolish
dɪˈmɒl ɪʃde·mol·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. demolish, pulverize, pulveriseverb

    destroy completely

    "the wrecking ball demolished the building"; "demolish your enemies"; "pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand"

  2. crush, smash, demolishverb

    humiliate or depress completely

    "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"

  3. demolish, destroyverb

    defeat soundly

    "The home team demolished the visitors"


  1. demolishverb

    To destroy; to destruct

    They demolished the old house and put up four townhouses.

  2. demolishverb

    To utterly defeat

  3. Etymology: Attested since the 16th Century ; from demoliss-, the stem of some conjugated forms of the verb demolir, from demolior.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DEMOLISHverb

    Etymology: demolir, French; demolior, Latin.

    I expected the fabrick of my book would long since have been demolished, and laid even with the ground. John Tillotson, Pref.

    Red lightning play’d along the firmament,
    And their demolish’d works to pieces rent. John Dryden, Ovid.


  1. demolish

    Demolition (also known as razing, cartage, and wrecking) is the science and engineering in safely and efficiently tearing down of buildings and other artificial structures. Demolition contrasts with deconstruction, which involves taking a building apart while carefully preserving valuable elements for reuse purposes. For small buildings, such as houses, that are only two or three stories high, demolition is a rather simple process. The building is pulled down either manually or mechanically using large hydraulic equipment: elevated work platforms, cranes, excavators or bulldozers. Larger buildings may require the use of a wrecking ball, a heavy weight on a cable that is swung by a crane into the side of the buildings. Wrecking balls are especially effective against masonry, but are less easily controlled and often less efficient than other methods. Newer methods may use rotational hydraulic shears and silenced rock-breakers attached to excavators to cut or break through wood, steel, and concrete. The use of shears is especially common when flame cutting would be dangerous. The tallest planned demolition of a building was the 52-storey 270 Park Avenue in New York City, which was built in 1960 and torn down in 2019–2021 to be replaced by 270 Park Avenue.


  1. demolish

    To demolish means to completely destroy or tear down a structure, building, or object. It may also refer to disproving or debunking a theory or argument. It is an act of causing significant damage or obliteration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demolishverb

    to throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to pull to pieces; to ruin; as, to demolish an edifice, or a wall

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Demolish

    de-mol′ish, v.t. to destroy, lay in ruins, to ruin.—n. Demoli′tion, act of pulling down: ruin. [Fr. démolir—L. demolīri, to throw down—de, down, and molīri, to build—moles, a heap.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'demolish' in Verbs Frequency: #1094

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of demolish in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of demolish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of demolish in a Sentence

  1. Goa Kerle:

    If the door to the place you intend to morally enter is shut, knock, if it doesn't open, demolish the door. As soon as possible.

  2. Chuzy:

    Demolish a skyscraper, but never destroy trust. The latter is harder to build.

  3. Zhang Chaoxia:

    We've heard that tonight, the government is going to dismantle our cross, our hearts are determined not to let them forcibly demolish our cross.

  4. Rainbow Alliance co-president Renata Francesco:

    We’re not going to partner with an institution, a corporation that has so strongly supported other institutions that work to destabilize and demolish movements for queer equity.

  5. Kutayba Odeh:

    The Israelis told us to demolish our homes by ourselves, but the residents said we will not destroy our own homes with our own hands. They demolished one store to put out a feeler for what is to come, they wanted to test the reaction of the Palestinian street.

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