- The earthquake destroyed several apartment complexes.
- (intransitive) To cause destruction.
- Hooligans destroy unprovoked.
- (transitive) To neutralize, undo a property or condition.
- Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate.
- (transitive) To put down or euthanize.
- Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.
- (transitive) To severely disrupt the well-being of (a person); ruin.
- Her divorce destroyed her; she had a nervous breakdown and was severely depressed for more than a year.
- 2005, Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide
- Other girls in the foster home are eager to destroy her and get her kicked out of the place. It's a tough situation.
- (colloquial, transitive) To defeat soundly.
- (computing, transitive) To remove data.
- The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.
- (US, colloquial, slang) To sing a song poorly.
- 2001, Jeff Nathanson, Rush Hour 2, New Line Cinema:
- JAMES CARTER: The man's destroying a classic!
▼ English terms derived from the PIE root *strew- (0 c, 20 e)
to damage beyond use or repair
to cause destruction
to put down or euthanize (e.g. an animal)
(computing) to remove data (e.g., from memory)
(colloquial) to defeat soundly
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