- 1demolish something to pull or knock down a building The factory is due to be demolished next year. See related entries: Construction
- 2demolish something to destroy something accidentally The car had skidded across the road and demolished part of the wall.
- 3demolish something to show that an idea or theory is completely wrong A recent book has demolished this theory. See related entries: Experiments and research
- 4demolish somebody/something to defeat somebody easily and completely They demolished New Zealand 44–6 in the final.
- 5demolish something (British English, informal) to eat something very quickly The children demolished their burgers and chips. See related entries: Hunger Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French démoliss-, lengthened stem of démolir, from Latin demoliri, from de- (expressing reversal) + moliri
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒlɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɑːlɪʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demolish
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒlɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɑːlɪʃ//he / she / it demolishes
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒlɪʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɑːlɪʃɪz//past simple demolished
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒlɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɑːlɪʃt//past participle demolished
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒlɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɑːlɪʃt//-ing form demolishing
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɒlɪʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɑːlɪʃɪŋ//Experiments and research, Construction, Hunger