demolish


demolish

verb

Definition of DEMOLISH

1
to destroy (as a building) completely by knocking down or breaking to pieces <developers demolished the old warehouse to make room for the new shopping mall>
2
to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of <most of the buildings in the town had been demolished in the bombing raid>
Related Words beat, best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, scotch, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against); blast, blow up, break, cripple, damage, deface, deteriorate, disfigure, disintegrate, dissolve, dynamite, harm, impair, injure, mangle, mar, mutilate, spoil, vitiate; erode, scour, sweep (away), wash out, wear (away); dilapidate, disassemble, dismantle, gut, take down, unbuild, undo, unmake; blot out, efface, eradicate, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, liquidate, obliterate, remove, root (out), snuff (out), stamp (out), wipe out; despoil, havoc, loot, pillage, plunder, ravage, sack, trample, trash, vandalize; assassinate, butcher, cut down, dispatch, execute, fell, kill, kill off, massacre, mow (down), murder, slaughter, slay, take out, zap
3
to cause to break open or into pieces by or as if by an explosive <terrorists used a powerful pipe bomb to demolish the concrete wall around the compound>
Near Antonyms collapse, implode

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