- 1(especially of a machine, etc.) to destroy itself, usually by exploding This tape will self-destruct in 30 seconds.
- 2(figurative) In the last half-hour of the movie the plot rapidly self-destructs.
NAmE//ˌsɛlf dɪˈstrʌkt//[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they self-destruct
he / she / it self-destructs
past simple self-destructed
-ing form self-destructing