verb de·mol·ish \di-ˈmä-lish\
: to destroy (a building, bridge, etc.) : to forcefully tear down or take apart (a structure)
: to damage (something) so that it cannot be repaired
: to eat all of (something) quickly
a : to do away with : destroy
b : to strip of any pretense of merit or credence
— de·mol·ish·er noun
— de·mol·ish·ment \-lish-mənt\ noun
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Examples of DEMOLISH
- The old factory was demolished to make way for a new parking lot.
- Tons of explosives were used to demolish the building.
- The town hopes to restore the old theater rather than have it demolished.
- The car was demolished in the accident.
- They demolished the other team 51–7.
Origin of DEMOLISH
Middle French demoliss-,
stem of demolir,
from Latin demoliri,
to construct, from moles
mass — more at mole
First Known Use: 1570
Related to DEMOLISH
- level, pull down, raze, tear down, unbuild
- build, construct, erect, put up, raise, rear, set up
: to destroy by breaking apart <demolish a building>
: to ruin completely : shatter <He demolished the speed record.>
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