What does destroy mean?

Definitions for destroy
dɪˈstrɔɪde·stroy

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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.]

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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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How to say destroy in sign language?

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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. Wolf Blitzer:

    Let me be clear, those who seek to undermine our democratic institutions, indiscriminately destroy businesses, and attack law enforcement officers and fellow citizens are a threat to the homeland.

  2. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi:

    This move goes beyond the defensive needs of the relevant countries. If it is deployed it will directly impact China's and Russia's respective strategic security, not only does it threaten the resolution of the peninsula nuclear issue, it quite possibly could pour oil on the fire of an already tense situation, and even destroy strategic equilibrium on the peninsula.

  3. Jeff Sessions:

    I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful, our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.

  4. Ryan Pack:

    If life gets too hard it can destroy anyone, nobody except for God is invincible, everybody has a breaking point, the objective is to never let life get so bad that you have to break.

  5. Theodore Roosevelt:

    Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.

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