Definition of destroy
1 : to ruin the structure, organic existence, or condition of destroyed the files; also : to ruin as if by tearing to shreds their reputation was destroyed a disease that destroys the body's ability to fight off illness … destroyed any hope of a return to past crackdowns … — George Brock
: to cause ruin or destruction it is proverbially easier to destroy than to construct — T. S. Eliot
Examples of destroy in a Sentence
Eventually our problems with money destroyed our marriage.
All the files were deliberately destroyed.
The disease destroys the body's ability to fight off illness.
The bomb blast destroyed the village.
The dog had to be destroyed since its owner could not prevent it from attacking people.
Recent Examples of destroy from the Web
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, manipulate and destroy a child.
Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond said Monday that teams have gained access to areas where houses and other buildings have been destroyed northwest of 100 Mile House.
The third story was destroyed in a fire in the early 20s, and it was replaced with a roof, according to that release.
Birch’s pieces join a number of other creations destroyed in the name of selfies.
Opponents have argued that the plan will allow the construction of huge, oversized structures, particularly in the city's downtown corridor, and those buildings will destroy the city's small-town charm.
Steve Schindlbeck confirmed most of the damage was in the 4300 block of Camelot Circle, where 10 mailboxes were found mangled or destroyed.
Caesar’s need to destroy the Colonel feels reasonable, rather than like a reflection of his darkest demons.
Wonder Woman has since destroyed expectations, becoming the highest-grossing film worldwide directed by a woman.
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DESTROY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of destroy for English Language Learners
: to cause (something) to end or no longer exist : to cause the destruction of (something) : to damage (something) so badly that it cannot be repaired
: to kill (an animal) especially because it is sick, injured, or dangerous
: to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely
DESTROY Defined for Kids
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