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, 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

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

  2. destroyverb

    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. destroyverb

    To put down or euthanize.

    Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.

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

  4. destroyverb

    To defeat soundly.

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

  5. destroyverb

    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. 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

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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  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. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    Now public figures in Western countries say there is a need to impose sanctions that will destroy the economy and cause public protests.

  2. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham:

    The way to defeat ISIS is a simple and clear military objective, we will destroy them.

  3. Nicolaus Seefeld:

    This clearly demonstrates the desire to destroy the physical unity of the individuals.

  4. Shigenori Murakami:

    I have not picked a successor yet, but I have confidence I can keep going myself and I will surely pass this on, i cannot let my generation be the ones who destroy what my ancestors protected with their lives.

  5. Omer El-Digair:

    We hope that the formation of transitional institutions marks the beginning of a new era, we hope it is an era where we can shut off the sound of pistols and destroy for good prisons of arbitrary detention.

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