Destroy synonyms

dĭ-stroi'
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To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely.
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The definition of impair is to hinder or weaken something.
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To get rid of by destroying completely:
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To press forward; crowd (into, against, etc.)
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(Law) to make legally invalid.
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To change an animal's food supply in the months before it is due for slaughter, with the intention of fattening the animal.
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To destroy (a rocket, etc.) deliberately by remote control
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Ruin is defined as to break or destroy something.
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(Archaic) To scrape or graze; wound slightly
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To bring to nothing
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(Intransitive, idiomatic) Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term.
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To do damage to
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To raid; plunder; pillage
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To destroy oneself.
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To bring to nothing
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(Ergative) To finish, terminate.
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To dispel is defined as to drive away or make disappear.
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To add cream to.
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(Now literary) To kill, murder.
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To cause (an institution, for example) to come into existence or begin operating; found; set up.
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To wear (something) away by erosion:
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(Idiomatic) To kill someone
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(Informal) To reduce the price of.
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To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.
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To reduce to nonexistence:
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(Slang, idiomatic, intransitive) (by extension) to accomplish or produce something in a grand, respectable, or successful manner; to "represent".
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Plunder is defined as to take by force or to rob.
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To make a vigorous and thorough search of (a place, person) with a view to stealing something, especially when leaving behind a state of disarray.
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To deprive of money or property by violence; loot
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To bring to nothing
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To bring to nothing
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To break beyond recovery or repair so that the only options are abandonment or the clearing away of useless remains (if any) and starting over.
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To completely enclose or envelop
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To ruin (something), often to the point of defamation.
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To expend; use up:
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To convert (holdings or assets) into cash
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To cause to disappear or vanish; dispel:
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To bring to nothing
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To quash is to suppress or put an end to something.
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To crush; subdue; put an end to
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To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.
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To cause (an embryo or fetus) to be expelled so as to end its life
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To end, prohibit, or keep something from being known, heard, discussed, or seen.
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To subdue forcibly:
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To reverse the effects of an action. syn.
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To ravage is to destroy something or cause severe destruction.
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To completely destroy, especially of a geographical area or region.
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(Intransitive, obsolete) To engage in robbery; to plunder.
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To dig or pull up by the roots; to deracinate.
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To diminish the significance of a previous defeat by winning; to comeback from.
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To bring to an end the effect or existence of; cancel out:
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(Archaic) To seize and carry away by force.
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To damage something, especially a surface, in a visible or conspicuous manner.
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To fall into ruin or disuse.
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To eliminate completely; annihilate.
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To rub out, as from a surface; erase; wipe out; obliterate
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(Idiomatic) To overwhelm someone emotionally; sweep someone off their feet.
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Separate, disassociate, cause to come apart.
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(Medicine) To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
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To bring to nothing
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To bring to nothing
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To bring to nothing
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(Archaic) To or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
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To make a sudden loud noise:
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To put out, as in fire; to end burning; to quench
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(Idiomatic) to terminate or abolish something
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The definition of desolate is to abandon or make deserted.
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To blow up or destroy with dynamite
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(Idiomatic) To stop people from enjoying an activity
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Used other than as an idiom: see tear,‎ apart.
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To be wrecked
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To strip (a house, ship, etc.) of furniture, equipment, means of defense, etc.
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To fell is to knock down, or is the past tense of "fall" and is defined as that you have fallen down.
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To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
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(Informal, Australia) to add an excessive amount of chlorine to a pool when it has not been maintained properly.
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To stave from the outside, to crush inward, to cause to collapse inward.
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To violently strip (someone), with indirect object of their possessions etc.; to rob.
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(American football) To tackle, usually to tackle the offensive quarterback behind the line of scrimmage before he is able to throw a pass.
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To upturn convention from the foundation by undermining it (literally, to turn from beneath).
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To cut off or damage a limb or other important part of (a person or animal)
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To cause to come into forceful contact with something:
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To inflict injury as if by treading heavily:
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To injure, disable, or disfigure, usually by depriving of the use of a limb or other part of the body.
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To impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil.
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To vitiate is to corrupt, invalidate or weaken morally.
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To counteract is to act in opposition to or against some force in order to neutralize the force.
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To move with great speed or power:
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Gut means to remove the internal parts of someone or something.
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To kill a living being.
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To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping.
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To injure or destroy by sabotage
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To repeal is defined as to formally withdraw, or to take something back.
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To make (something) lower (especially of clothes).
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To bring to nothing
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(Euphemistic) To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.
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To bring to an end; to close; to finish.
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To bring to nothing
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(Intransitive, photography, often with "up" or "down") To adjust the aperture of a camera lens.
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(Idiomatic) To terminate or abolish something.
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To drive away; cause to vanish:
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To physically erase something written.
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(Idiomatic) To kill or end.
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(Idiomatic) To deal with or overcome (someone or something) quickly and without difficulty.
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(Intransitive) To amount to; to add up to.
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To scorch is to burn or heat until blackened or withered, or to attack fiercely.
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(Football) To charge (the quarterback) in a blitz
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To bring to nothing
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To bring to nothing
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To bring to nothing
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To bring to nothing
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To kill (animals) especially for food; butcher.
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To build is defined as to construct, create, establish or put together.
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To do better than (another) in a competition or battle; win victory over; beat:
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To thwart passage of; veto:
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Causing annihilation.
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(Archaic) Poisonous.
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Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, hanging, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as the corrosive action of an acid.
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Causing death or likely to cause death
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Harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way (as for example deleterious effects, deleterious to health).
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Ruined, ravaged
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Exhausted; worn out; overcome.
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Unnecessary or unwarranted; unjustified:
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Unfriendly; hostile:
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(Slang) Ruined, destroyed, defeated, etc.
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Having or showing ill will; malicious:
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Morally injurious; corrupting; unwholesome
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Causing great injury, destruction, or ruin; fatal; deadly
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Bringing or tending to bring ruin; very destructive or harmful; disastrous
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Tending or seeking to subvert, overthrow, or destroy (an established government, institution, belief, etc.)
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(Obsolete) Rebellious; refractory.
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The act of reducing to nothing, or nonexistence; or the act of destroying the form or combination of parts under which a thing exists, so that the name can no longer be applied to it; as, the annihilation of a corporation.
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(Geology) A sudden and violent change in the earth's crust.
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A sudden violent change in the earth's surface; a cataclysm.
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(Chemistry) Erosion by chemical action, especially oxidation.
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(Mathematics) The creation of a new sequence comprising only every nth element of the original sequence.
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Explosives, especially when designed or used as weapons.
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Destruction is defined as the tearing down or dismantling or killing of something.
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Waste of the goods of the deceased by an executor or administrator.
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A destroying or being destroyed; annihilation; abolition
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The act of extirpating or uprooting.
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Great destruction and devastation, as that resulting from hurricanes, wars, etc.
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The spirits in hell or the powers of evil:
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The actions or beliefs of an iconoclast
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The act of immolating, or the state of being immolated, or sacrificed.
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The act of invalidating, or the state of being invalidated.
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The process of cell destruction through the action of specific lysins
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A state or situation of great confusion, disorder, trouble or destruction; chaos.
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In the Christian religion, perdition is defined as a state of eternal punishment you experience after death if you were a sinner who did not repent to God.
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The act of subverting or the condition of being subverted.
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To put an end to; to do away with. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
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To suffer blight
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(Intransitive) To suddenly fail destructively.
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To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record.
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To work upon insidiously and cause to deteriorate
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To cut off the head of; behead
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To reduce anything by one in ten, or ten percent.
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To ransack or plunder; to prey upon
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To pull up by or as by the roots; uproot; eradicate
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To rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.
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(Obs.) To starve to death
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To kill (an animal, for instance) as a religious sacrifice.
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(Colloquial) To completely destroy.
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(Printing) To carry (some type, a line or column, etc.) backward or forward into an adjacent line or page.
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Rescind is defined as to cancel or make something void.
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To pull back inside.
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To pass, come, go, come into view, act, etc. swiftly, suddenly, or hastily
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(Sports) To withdraw (an entry) from a contest, specif. from a horse race
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To sink (a ship) deliberately; scuttle.
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(Archaic) To hit.
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To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use. [from 16th c.]
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To convert or be converted into vapor.
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(Medicine) To empty.
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Waste is defined as to destroy, wear away or use up.
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To keep (a quantity) constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary changes.
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To make perpetual; cause to continue or be remembered; preserve from oblivion
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To keep up; carry on; maintain
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To treat with mercy or leniency; refrain from killing, injuring, troubling, or distressing; save
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To reestablish, or bring back into existence.
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To renew; restore; revive
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To design, invest with a new form, shape, etc.
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To make beneficial additions or changes:
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To form by assembling or combining parts; build.
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To force into bankruptcy.
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To cause the complete ruin or wreckage of
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Sink is defined as to go down slowly, or to drop beneath the surface or normal level.
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To undermine or destroy any endeavor with a stealthy, powerful attack.
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(UK, intransitive) To clean the utensils, dishes etc. used in preparing and eating a meal.
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To wreck, especially a ship (usually in passive).
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Pulverize is to crush into powder, or to demolish.
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(Idiomatic) To act convincingly; to succeed at giving the impression of (e.g.) knowledge, confidence, or familiarity.
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Used other than as an idiom: see cut,"Ž down.
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To isolate or remove from contact.
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To put an end to; kill
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(Figuratively, colloquial) To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one's anger at somebody).
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To send (someone) to prison.
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(Chiefly UK, idiomatic) To cut class; to play truant.
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To go away; leave:
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(Criminal slang) To kill.
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To overcome emotionally
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(Intransitive) To provide assistance.
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To eradicate is defined as to completely destroy or wipe something out.
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(Intransitive) To throw (something) so that it goes too far.
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To destroy or remove completely; exterminate; abolish
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To cause an acid or base to undergo neutralization.
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Termination or extinction by disintegration or dispersion:
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To bring to nothing
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To scuttle means to sink a ship by making holes in the hull, or to abandon a plan.
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(Ergative) (to cause) to decay, to decompose
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Synonym Study

  • To annihilate is to destroy so completely as to blot out of existence rights that cannot be annihilated
  • Raze means to level to the ground, either destructively or by systematic wrecking with a salvaging of useful parts
  • Demolish implies such destructive force as to completely smash to pieces and render useless the bombs demolished the factories, she demolished his argument
  • Destroy implies a tearing down or bringing to an end by wrecking, ruining, killing, eradicating, etc. and is the term of broadest application here to destroy a city, one's influence, etc.
Find another word for destroy. In this page you can discover 226 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for destroy, like: demolish, impair, exterminate, crush, nullify, finish, destruct, ruin, raze, sweep over and break up.