Definition of self-destruct verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

self-destruct

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