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
Examples of demolish in a sentence
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 and Etymology 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
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