Definition of demolish
2a : to do away with : destroy <a filibuster which would effectively demolish the issue — Current Biography> < … a performance so awkward and apathetic it instantly appeared to demolish any chance of restoring her declining career … — Dave Itzkoff>b : to strip of any pretense of merit or credence <demolished her debate opponents> <demolish a stereotype>
demolishmentplay \-lish-mənt\ noun
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
Medieval French demoliss-, stem of demolir, from Latin demoliri, from de- + moliri to construct, from moles mass — more at mole
First Known Use: 1570
DEMOLISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demolish for English Language Learners
: 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
DEMOLISH Defined for Kids
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