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verb [transitive] demolish pronunciation in British English /dɪˈmɒlɪʃ/ 
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present participledemolishing
past tensedemolished
past participledemolished
  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 someone's feelings, or to spoil their plans

    It was an experience that completely demolished her confidence.


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