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annihilate, blow sky-high, blow to bits, break down, crush, demolish, desolate, devastate, dismantle, dispatch, eradicate, extinguish, extirpate, gut, kill, put paid to, ravage, raze, ruin, shatter, slay, smash, torpedo, total     (slang)   trash     (slang)   waste, wipe out, wreck  
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  ( destroys    3rd person present)   ( destroying    present participle)   ( destroyed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   To destroy something means to cause so much damage to it that it is completely ruined or does not exist any more.  
That's a sure recipe for destroying the economy and creating chaos...      V n  
2       verb   To destroy someone means to ruin their life or to make their situation impossible to bear.  
If I was younger or more naive, the criticism would have destroyed me.      V n  
3       verb   If an animal is destroyed, it is killed, either because it is ill or because it is dangerous.  
usu passive   (=put down)  
Lindsay was unhurt but the horse had to be destroyed.      be V-ed  

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