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verb [transitive] destroy pronunciation in British English /dɪˈstrɔɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledestroying
past tensedestroyed
past participledestroyed
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  1. 1
    to damage something so severely that it no longer exists or can never return to its normal state
    Half the world’s rainforests 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 ill
    The dog attacked a child and had to be destroyed.
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