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Definition 1: defeat soundly and humiliatingly - [verb of competition]

Samples where destroy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The home team demolished the visitors

Synonyms for destroy in the sense of this definition

(destroy is a kind of ...) win a victory over

"You must overcome all difficulties" "defeat your enemies" "He overcame his shyness" "He overcame his infirmity" "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

(... is a kind of destroy ) overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful)

"The police smashed the drug ring after they were tipped off"

(... is a kind of destroy ) engulf and destroy

"The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"

(... is a kind of destroy ) defeat totally

"We must cut the other team to ribbons!"

Definition 2: destroy completely; damage irreparably - [verb of contact]

Samples where destroy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for destroy in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy by fire

"They burned the house and his diaries"

(... is a kind of destroy ) open violently

"kick in the doors"

(... is a kind of destroy ) smash or break forcefully

"The kid busted up the car"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy a ship

"The vessel was shipwrecked"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy completely

"The fire consumed the building"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy by exploding

"The enemy exploded the bridge"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy and strip of its possession

"The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy completely

"Fire had devoured our home"

(... is a kind of destroy ) overcome or destroy

"The ice storm got my hibiscus" "the cat got the goldfish"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy completely

"we must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy completely or make ugly or useless

"The dog did a job on my pillow" "The seamstress did a job on my wedding gown"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy wantonly, as through acts of vandalism

"vandalize the park"

(... is a kind of destroy ) ruin completely

"He busted my radio!"

(... is a kind of destroy ) find a flaw in

"break an alibi" "break down a proof"

(... is a kind of destroy ) make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes

(... is a kind of destroy ) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

(... is a kind of destroy ) wear or destroy by the force of water

"The hail storms had washed out the bridges"

Definition 3: put (an animal) to death - [verb of contact]

Samples where destroy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for destroy in the sense of this definition

(destroy is a kind of ...) cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

"This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank" "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

Definition 4: do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of - [verb of creation]

Samples where destroy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The fire destroyed the house

Synonyms for destroy in the sense of this definition

(destroy is a kind of ...) deprive of certain characteristics

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy a vitally essential quality of or in

"Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"

(... is a kind of destroy ) bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy completely, as if down to the roots

"the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"

(... is a kind of destroy ) tear down so as to make flat with the ground

"The building was levelled"

(... is a kind of destroy ) take apart into its constituent pieces

(... is a kind of destroy ) ruin or destroy

"his book demolishes an old myth" "demolished my reputation" "the professor demolished the student's argument"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy completely

"the wrecking ball demolished the building"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication

(... is a kind of destroy ) eliminate completely and without a trace

"The old values have been wiped out"

(... is a kind of destroy ) interrupt, break, or destroy

"fracture the balance of power"

(... is a kind of destroy ) put an end to

"The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy (one's own missile or rocket)

"The engineers had to destruct the rocket for safety reasons"

(... is a kind of destroy ) do away with oneself or itself

"The machine will self-destruct if you tamper with it"

(... is a kind of destroy ) terminate, end, or take out

"Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics" "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs" "eliminate my debts"

(... is a kind of destroy ) destroy the myelin sheath of

"the disease demyelinated the nerve fibers"

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