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verb [transitive] ruin pronunciation in British English /ˈruːɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleruining
past tenseruined
past participleruined
  1. 1
    to destroy or severely damage something
    You’ll completely ruin the flowers if you touch them.
    Any kind of dishonest dealing will ruin his career.
    She had ruined her mother’s chances of getting a job.
  2. 2
    to spoil something
    They didn’t want to be accused of ruining everyone’s fun.
  3. 3
    to make someone lose all their money or power
    It was a scandal that totally ruined the company.


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