[ US /dɪˈstɹɔɪ/ ]
[ UK /dɪstɹˈɔ‍ɪ/ ]
  1. put (an animal) to death
    The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid
    the sick cat had to be put down
  2. do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
    The fire destroyed the house
  3. destroy completely; damage irreparably
    You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!
    The tears ruined her make-up
  4. defeat soundly and humiliatingly
    The home team demolished the visitors
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How To Use destroy In A Sentence

  • Shake them to bits and you are destroying more than property. Times, Sunday Times
  • There had been formerly on the pathways of Dardilly calvaries built by pious forebears; destroyed on order of the revolutionary proconsul of Lyon, the famous Fouché, the crosses lay in the grass. Archive 2008-03-09
  • The Temple to the Hebrew God YHVH, built by King David, was destroyed and much of the Jewish population (Jew comes from the word Judah, one of the 12 tribes) were deported to Babylon, known to Jews as the Babylonian captivity. On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...
  • Sjogren's syndrome "targets and destroys over time the exocrine glands responsible for tear production and saliva -- and is characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes," said Dr. Michael Belmont, an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at NYU Langone Medical Center and medical director for Hospital for Joint Diseases. Why Sjogren's syndrome caused Williams to quit U.S. open
  • The structure that was destroyed was a barn used for foaling mares and prepping yearlings.
  • Often the burial site is destroyed, or there is a differential representation of habitats.
  • The virus can actually destroy those white blood cells, leaving the body wide open to attack from other infections.
  • On the evening of 24 May 1941, British lieutenant commander Malcolm Wanklyn, in command of the submarine Upholder, sighted an enemy troop convoy strongly escorted by destroyers off Sicily.
  • Using the manual option allows you to attempt to disable the enemy boat's sails with chain shot, destroy the boat's hull with cannonballs, or kill off the crew with grapeshot.
  • It was a marriage and a lifestyle that almost destroyed him.
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