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English verb: destroy

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


SamplesThe fire destroyed the house.


Synonymsdestruct


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.


Synonymsruin


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


Synonymsdemolish


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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