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verb [transitive] destroy pronunciation in American English /dɪˈstrɔɪ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydestroy
he/she/itdestroys
present participledestroying
past tensedestroyed
past participledestroyed
  1. 1
    to damage something so severely that it no longer exists or can never return to its normal state
    Half the world’s rain forests have already been destroyed.
    An earthquake destroyed the town, killing about 20,000 people.
    This action destroyed any remaining hope of reaching an agreement.
    be destroyed by fire/a bomb/an explosion etc.: Two churches were destroyed by fire last night in northeast Mississippi.
  2. 2
    to officially kill an animal because it is dangerous or very sick
    The dog attacked a child and had to be destroyed.
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  3. 3
    to cause such severe problems for someone that their life is completely spoiled
    Her mother said the strain was destroying them all.

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