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noun ruin pronunciation in British English /ˈruːɪn/
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singularruin
pluralruins
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the state of something that has been destroyed or severely damaged
    in ruins: Last month saw his dreams shattered and his business in ruins.
    fall into ruin (=gradually break into pieces): After the war many monasteries fell into ruin.
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  2. 2
    [countable] [often plural] the parts of a building that remain after it has been severely damaged
    Roman ruins
    People had built shelters among the ruins of the city.
    The attack had reduced the town to a smoking ruin.
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    1. a.
      the parts of anything that are left after the rest of it has been destroyed
      She sat contemplating the ruins of her shattered life.
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  3. 3
    [uncountable] the loss of all your money or power
    Despite good sales, many of these stores are facing ruin.
    financial/economic ruin: Reducing quotas could bring economic ruin to a small fishing village like this.
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