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demolish

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verb de·mol·ish \di-ˈmä-lish\

Simple Definition of demolish

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of demolish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  tear down, raze b :  to break to pieces :  smash

  3. 2 a :  to do away with :  destroy b :  to strip of any pretense of merit or credence

demolisher noun
demolishment play \-lish-mənt\ noun

Examples of demolish in a sentence

  1. The old factory was demolished to make way for a new parking lot.

  2. Tons of explosives were used to demolish the building.

  3. The town hopes to restore the old theater rather than have it demolished.

  4. The car was demolished in the accident.

  5. They demolished the other team 51–7.



Origin of demolish

Middle French demoliss-, stem of demolir, from Latin demoliri, from de- + moliri to construct, from moles mass — more at mole


First Known Use: 1570

Rhymes with demolish


DEMOLISH Defined for Kids

demolish

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verb de·mol·ish \di-ˈmä-lish\

Definition of demolish for Students

de·mol·ishedde·mol·ish·ing

  1. 1 :  to destroy by breaking apart <demolish a building>

  2. 2 :  to ruin completely :  shatter <He demolished the speed record.>





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