AskDefine | Define destroy

Dictionary Definition



1 do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house" [syn: destruct]
2 destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up" [syn: ruin]
3 defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors" [syn: demolish]
4 as of animals; "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • Rhymes: -ɔɪ
    Hyphenation: de·stroy


  1. To damage beyond use or repair.
    The earthquake destroyed several apartment complexes.
  2. To put down or euthanize.
    Destroy a rabid dog.
  3. To defeat soundly.
  4. To remove data.
    The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.


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Related terms


to damage beyond use or repair
  • Czech: zničit
  • Dutch: vernietigen, slopen
  • Finnish: tuhota, hävittää
  • German: zerstören, kaputtmachen, vernichten
  • Hungarian: megsemmisít
  • Swedish: förstöra
(computing) to remove data (e.g., from memory)
  • Dutch: wissen
  • Finnish: tuhota
  • German: löschen
(colloquial) to defeat soundly
to put down or euthanize (e.g. an animal)
  • Dutch: inslapen
  • Finnish: lopettaa
  • German: notschlachten
  • Swedish: avliva, nödslakta

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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