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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Ruin is defined as to break or destroy something.
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To destroy (a rocket, etc.) deliberately by remote control
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(Archaic) To scrape or graze; wound slightly
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To reduce to nonexistence:
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To fall into ruin or disuse.
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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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(Now literary) To kill, murder.
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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 do damage to
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(Medicine) To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
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To violently strip (someone), with indirect object of their possessions etc.; to rob.
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(Ergative) To finish, terminate.
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(Idiomatic) To terminate or abolish something.
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To wear (something) away by erosion:
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(Idiomatic) To kill someone
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Plunder is defined as to take by force or to rob.
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(Intransitive, idiomatic) Of a school, to close for the holidays at the end of term.
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To raid; plunder; pillage
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To bring to nothing
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To add cream to.
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To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.
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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 subdue forcibly:
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To reverse the effects of an action. syn.
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(Intransitive, obsolete) To engage in robbery; to plunder.
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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 eliminate completely; annihilate.
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To rub out, as from a surface; erase; wipe out; obliterate
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To bring to nothing
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To destroy oneself.
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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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To blow up or destroy with dynamite
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To bring to nothing
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Used other than as an idiom: see tear,‎ apart.
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To be wrecked
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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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(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 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 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 make (something) lower (especially of clothes).
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(Euphemistic) To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.
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(Intransitive, photography, often with "up" or "down") To adjust the aperture of a camera lens.
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To dispel is defined as to drive away or make disappear.
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To physically erase something written.
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(Idiomatic) To kill or end.
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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 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 cause (an institution, for example) to come into existence or begin operating; found; set up.
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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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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 rapidly destroy, engulf, or lay waste.
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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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To sink (a ship) deliberately; scuttle.
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To convert or be converted into vapor.
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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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Dismantle is defined as to take apart or take to pieces.
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Pulverize is to crush into powder, or to demolish.
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Used other than as an idiom: see cut,"Ž down.
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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 go away; leave:
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(Criminal slang) To kill.
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To overcome emotionally
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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 eradicate is defined as to completely destroy or wipe something out.
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To bring to nothing
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To destroy or remove completely; exterminate; abolish
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To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.
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To ravage is to destroy something or cause severe destruction.
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To kill (an animal, for instance) as a religious sacrifice.
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(Informal) To reduce the price of.
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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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(Slang, idiomatic, intransitive) (by extension) to accomplish or produce something in a grand, respectable, or successful manner; to "represent".
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To crush; subdue; put an end to
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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 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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(Idiomatic) To overwhelm someone emotionally; sweep someone off their feet.
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Separate, disassociate, cause to come apart.
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To bring to nothing
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The definition of desolate is to abandon or make deserted.
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(Idiomatic) To stop people from enjoying an activity
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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 stave from the outside, to crush inward, to cause to collapse inward.
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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 kill a living being.
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To repeal is defined as to formally withdraw, or to take something back.
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To bring to nothing
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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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To drive away; cause to vanish:
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(Idiomatic) To deal with or overcome (someone or something) quickly and without difficulty.
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To bring to nothing
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To bring to nothing
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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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A sudden violent change in the earth's surface; a cataclysm.
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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 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 cut off the head of; behead
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To pull up by or as by the roots; uproot; eradicate
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(Obs.) To starve to death
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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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(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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(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 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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(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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(Idiomatic) To act convincingly; to succeed at giving the impression of (e.g.) knowledge, confidence, or familiarity.
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To isolate or remove from contact.
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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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(Intransitive) To provide assistance.
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(Intransitive) To throw (something) so that it goes too far.
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To completely destroy, especially of a geographical area or region.
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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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Termination or extinction by disintegration or dispersion:
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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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Rescind is defined as to cancel or make something void.
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To bring to nothing
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(Ergative) (to cause) to decay, to decompose
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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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(Geology) A sudden and violent change in the earth's crust.
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(Chemistry) Erosion by chemical action, especially oxidation.
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To work upon insidiously and cause to deteriorate
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To make beneficial additions or changes:
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To cause an acid or base to undergo neutralization.
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To bring to nothing
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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 231 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for destroy, like: demolish, impair, exterminate, crush, nullify, ruin, destruct, raze, annihilate, dilapidate and finish.