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English verb: destroy

1. destroy (creation) do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

SamplesThe fire destroyed the house.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)undo, unmake

Narrower (hyponym)break apart, break up, demolish, demyelinate, destruct, dilapidate, disassemble, dismantle, dismantle, do away with, eliminate, end, eradicate, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, fracture, get rid of, interdict, kill, level, pull down, pulverise, pulverize, rase, raze, root out, self-destroy, self-destruct, sweep away, take apart, take down, tear down, uproot, wipe out

2. destroy (contact) destroy completely; damage irreparably

SamplesYou have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!.
The tears ruined her make-up.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)break, break, burn, burn down, bust, bust up, consume, desolate, despoil, devastate, devour, do a job on, explode, fire, get, harry, kick down, kick in, lay waste to, plunder, rape, ravage, ravage, scourge, shipwreck, spoil, subvert, vandalise, vandalize, violate, wash out, waste, wrack, wreck

3. destroy (competition) defeat soundly

SamplesThe home team demolished the visitors.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to destroy his opponent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)defeat, get the better of, overcome

Narrower (hyponym)cut to ribbons, smash, swallow

4. destroy (contact) put (an animal) to death

SamplesThe customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid.
The sick cat had to be put down.

Synonymsput down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)kill

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