to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), especially on purpose; tear down; raze.
to put an end to; destroy; explode: The results of his research demolished many theories.
to lay waste to; ruin utterly: The fire demolished the area.
Informal. to devour completely: We simply demolished that turkey.
- de·mol·ish·er, noun
- de·mol·ish·ment, noun
- half-de·mol·ished, adjective
- un·de·mol·ished, adjective
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How to use demolish in a sentence
LUCA’s competitors may have survived some time as fossils, but the planet’s tectonic churn has long since demolished its earliest rocks.
In 2014 I wrote about a rusty metal box that Anne Smith and Malcolm Bertoni found when they demolished a brick barbecue in their Cleveland Park backyard.A thrift shop photo album is full of mystery photos of a District family | John Kelly | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Epic is purchasing the 980,000-square-foot Cary Towne Center, which sits on 87 acres, from developers who had previously announced plans to demolish the mall and build a new, mixed-use development.Fortnite’s parent company is turning a North Carolina mall into its headquarters | Karen Ho | January 7, 2021 | Quartz
Greig said his family, which has owned the property for the past two decades, can barely afford to demolish the home, let alone move it back on the property line.How Famous Surfers and Wealthy Homeowners Are Endangering Hawaii’s Beaches | by Sophie Cocke, Honolulu Star-Advertiser | December 5, 2020 | ProPublica
That demolished Delaware’s record for Democratic primary turnout, set in 2008, when Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the race for the small state’s delegates.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump | Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Eri Hayward is cheerful, even as she drops verbal bombs that demolish mainstream conceptions about being transgender.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank | Emily Shire | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It will stir things up, but it will not begin to demolish the group.
But if the Arab states mustered the will, they could demolish ISIS, as history has shown.
They need to demolish their homes and round them up, the way they do it to our children.
The sale has hit some snags, but the lease also gives El-Gamel the right to demolish the building.
I did not demolish my hut of pearl shells, but left it standing exactly as it had been during the past two and a half years.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
We then proceeded to demolish everything in sight except the boxes.The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
Hans raged and made as if to demolish the heart, and Gretchen, and indeed the whole dyke, but then he thought of something better.Seeing Things at Night | Heywood Broun
They did not, however, demolish mine; on the contrary, they supplied another and a very curious link in the chain of evidence.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements | Nesta H. Webster
These scavengers demolish an incredible amount of meat and blubber in a short time.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for demolish
to tear down or break up (buildings, etc)
to destroy; put an end to (an argument, etc)
facetious to eat up: she demolished the whole cake!
- demolisher, noun
- demolishment, noun
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