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verb [transitive] demolish pronunciation in British English /dɪˈmɒlɪʃ/
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present tense
present participledemolishing
past tensedemolished
past participledemolished
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  1. 1
    to deliberately destroy a building
    Disused factories were being demolished, and the whole site redeveloped.
    1. a.
      to destroy a building or other structure by accident
      The truck hit a wall at high speed, virtually demolishing it.
  2. 2
    to have a bad effect on someones feelings, or to spoil their plans
    It was an experience that completely demolished her confidence.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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