- 1demolish something to pull or knock down a building The factory is due to be demolished next year.
- 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.
- 4demolish somebody/something to defeat someone easily and completely The Yankees demolished the Red Sox 12–1.
NAmE//dɪˈmɑlɪʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demolish
he / she / it demolishes
past simple demolished
-ing form demolishing
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NAmE//ˌdɛməˈlɪʃn//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.