destroy


destroy

verb

Definition of DESTROY

1
to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of <they practically destroyed the safe in order to get at the money inside> <their poor scores on the final exam destroyed any chance they might have had to pass the course>
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
2
to bring destruction to (something) through violent action <wildfires destroyed thousands of acres in forests across the state>
3
to deprive of life <regrettably, the veterinarian was forced to destroy the injured horse>
Antonyms animate

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