Definition of 'destroy'
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Many buildings are completely destroyed because of the pressure wave from the blast. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Her constant criticism and the lack of a fulfilling job has completely destroyed my self-confidence. Times, Sunday Times (2017)You aren't destroyed by defeats if you feel you own the game. Times, Sunday Times (2016)That would destroy me completely. The Sun (2017)Longford, a neighbouring village, will be completely destroyed. Times, Sunday Times (2016)That adds up to 16 destroyed or damaged, because in war that is what happens. The Sun (2016)In the past few days thousands of computers have been damaged and data destroyed at six targets, including ministries and the agency that runs the kingdom's airports. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There were also hundreds of commercial buildings destroyed or damaged that have to be rebuilt. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The notes disclose a series of errors that resulted in evidence being damaged or destroyed. Times, Sunday Times (2009)We thought it had been destroyed completely but we know it is saved. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It requires ground forces to be decisive to be able to destroy and defeat. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But years of corruption and violence have destroyed the economy and terrified the people. The Sun (2012)The solution proposed was simply to destroy the entire building. BLACK KNIGHTS: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (2003)Armoured vehicles and troop carriers were destroyed or damaged. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This has come out of the blue and completely destroyed us. The Sun (2009)Then conductors and singers completely destroy the work of these gentlemen. A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)She really values her home as her one safe place and now that has been completely destroyed. The Sun (2013)If we were going to remain bitter we were going to destroy ourselves completely as a family. A Channel of Peace (1993)The banks are blamed for nearly destroying the world economy and can do no right in the eyes of most voters. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It has completely destroyed my confidence. The Sun (2010)They want to destroy our economy, our tourism. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Meanwhile, there are deadly viruses to be destroyed and burning buildings from which to escape. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The Greek economy has been destroyed by debt. The Sun (2010)Almost 2,500 homes and other buildings have been destroyed. Times, Sunday Times (2016)By now the lives of all four siblings have been damaged or destroyed by their mother's legacy. Times, Sunday Times (2015)And what would have happened to our banking system if the government had not interfered - would it have destroyed our economy? Times, Sunday Times (2016)While these are not the result of action by foreign governments specifically directed at the firm, they can damage or destroy an investment. International Finance: The markets and financial management of multinational business. (1983)Officials said that 10,000 to 15,000 buildings were either damaged or destroyed. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'destroy'
British English: destroy /dɪˈstrɔɪ/ VERB
To destroy something means to cause so much damage to it that it is completely ruined or does not exist any more.
The building was completely destroyed.
- American English: destroy
- Arabic: يُدَمِّرُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: destruir
- Chinese: 破坏
- Croatian: uništiti
- Czech: ničit
- Danish: ødelægge
- Dutch: verwoesten
- European Spanish: destruir
- Finnish: tuhota
- French: détruire
- German: zerstören
- Greek: καταστρέφω
- Italian: distruggere
- Japanese: 破壊する
- Korean: 파괴하다
- Norwegian: ødelegge
- Polish: zniszczyć
- European Portuguese: destruir
- Romanian: a distruge
- Russian: уничтожать
- Spanish: destruir
- Swedish: förstöra
- Thai: ทำลาย
- Turkish: yok etmek
- Ukrainian: знищувати
- Vietnamese: phá hủy
Definition of destroy from the Collins English Dictionary
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