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Definition of destroy verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    destroy

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//dɪˈstrɔɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they destroy
     
    he / she / it destroys
     
    past simple destroyed
     
    -ing form destroying
     
     
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  1. 1 destroy something/somebody to damage something so badly that it no longer exists, works, etc. The building was completely destroyed by fire. They've destroyed all the evidence. Heat gradually destroys vitamin C. You have destroyed my hopes of happiness. Failure was slowly destroying him (= making him less and less confident and happy).
  2. 2destroy something to kill an animal deliberately, usually because it is sick or not wanted The injured horse had to be destroyed.
  3. 3 destroy somebody (informal) to defeat someone completely The Tigers destroyed the Padres in five games. see also soul-destroying
  4. Word Familydestroy verbdestroyer noundestruction noundestructive adjectiveindestructible adjective
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