What does destroy mean?

Definitions for destroy
dɪˈstrɔɪde·stroy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word destroy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. destroy, destruct(verb)

    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

    "The fire destroyed the house"

  2. destroy, ruin(verb)

    destroy completely; damage irreparably

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

  3. demolish, destroy(verb)

    defeat soundly

    "The home team demolished the visitors"

  4. destroy, put down(verb)

    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. destroy(Verb)

    To cause destruction.

    Hooligans destroy unprovoked

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

  2. destroy(Verb)

    To neutralize, undo a property or condition.

    Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate

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

  3. destroy(Verb)

    To put down or euthanize.

    Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.

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

  4. destroy(Verb)

    To defeat soundly.

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

  5. destroy(Verb)

    To remove data.

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Destroy(verb)

    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. Destroy(verb)

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

  3. Destroy(verb)

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

Freebase

  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.]

Suggested Resources

  1. destroy

    Song lyrics by destroy -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by destroy on the Lyrics.com website.

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

How to pronounce destroy?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say destroy in sign language?

  1. destroy

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. Erik Pevernagie:

    A "morning after" confrontation with the harsh daily reality can painfully destroy an erroneous understanding of an experience. Today may be beautiful, but tomorrow is another day and may have a different tint. ( "Morning after" )

  2. Ben Carson:

    I agree that there's no such thing as political correctness when you're fighting an enemy who wants to destroy you and everything that you have anything to do with, and I'm not one who is real big on telling the enemy what we're going to do and what we're not going to do.

  3. RICARDO(RAS CARDO)SCOTT B.A., M.S.R, J.D.:

    TECHNOTYRANNICAL SOCIETY- CREATOR AND OF THE STATEMENT- THE TECHNOLOGY WE CREATE WILL ULTIMATELY DETERMINE OUR FATE. BABYLON'S GENOCIDAL TO DESTROY SOCIETY. R.A.S.P.E.C.T1

  4. Ted Cruz:

    We need a commander-in-chief who will speak the truth, and who will unleash the full force and fury of the American military to utterly destroy ISIS and its affiliates, we need to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act, so that known ISIS terrorists cannot use U.S. passports to return to America and wage jihad. We need a President who is serious – who will identify the enemy by name and do everything necessary to defeat it.

  5. Steve Jobs:

    I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

Images & Illustrations of destroy

  1. destroydestroydestroydestroydestroy

Popularity rank by frequency of use

destroy#1#6266#10000

Translations for destroy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for destroy »

Translation

Find a translation for the destroy definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these destroy definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "destroy." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 21 Jan. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/destroy>.

    Are we missing a good definition for destroy? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. eminent
    • B. adscripted
    • C. eloquent
    • D. defiant

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for destroy:


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.