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Definition of destroy verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they destroy
    he / she / it destroys
    past simple destroyed
    -ing form destroying
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  1. 1destroy 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. 3destroy 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 adjectivedestroy verbdestroyer noundestruction noundestructive adjectiveindestructible adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: destroy