verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of destroy
Examples from the Web for destroy
But at the heart of this “Truther” conspiracy theory is the idea that “someone” wants to destroy Bill Cosby.
“The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program,” the Times reported.
Would he have been careful enough to destroy the odd pieces of jute you've left so messily about?Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anything less will mean than we are only slightly better as a nation than those who want to destroy us.Why the Muslim World Isn’t Flipping Out Over the CIA Torture Report|Dean Obeidallah|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whether or not beta-version wearables are your thing, some technology is just impossible to ignore (or destroy).
He wrought a state out of tribal kinship and fostered an independence and self-reliance which no oppression could destroy.Optimism|Helen Keller
But, happily, this fearful art exists no more to tempt and destroy?Lucretia, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He was a prime favourite with Queen Elizabeth, and she knew how to exalt and abase, to create and destroy.The Birth of the Nation|Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
The Christians repeatedly bought that church of the pagans, when the latter were about to destroy it.Early Travels in Palestine|Arculf et al.
He had started out to destroy Lees army and he was going to keep hammering away until they were licked.Drum Taps in Dixie|Delavan S. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for destroy
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for destroy
Word Origin and History for destroy
early 13c., from Old French destruire (12c., Modern French détruire) "destroy, ravage, lay waste," from Vulgar Latin *destrugere (source of Italian distruggere), refashioned (influenced by destructus), from Latin destruere "tear down, demolish," literally "un-build," from de- "un-, down" (see de-) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)). Related: Destroyed; destroying.