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Definition of demolish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demolish
    he / she / it demolishes
    past simple demolished
    -ing form demolishing
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  1. 1demolish something to pull or knock down a building The factory is due to be demolished next year.
  2. 2demolish something to destroy something accidentally The car had skidded across the road and demolished part of the wall.
  3. 3demolish something to show that an idea or theory is completely wrong A recent book has demolished this theory.
  4. 4demolish somebody/something to defeat someone easily and completely The Yankees demolished the Red Sox 12–1.
noun [uncountable, countable] The whole row of houses is scheduled for demolition. His speech did a very effective demolition job on the government's proposals.
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