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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destroy ( 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.
Lindsay was unhurt but the horse had to be destroyed. be V-ed
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