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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.

  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.

    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.

  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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