- to reduce (an object) to useless fragments, a useless form, or remains, as by rending, burning, or dissolving; injure beyond repair or renewal; demolish; ruin; annihilate.
- to put an end to; extinguish.
- to kill; slay.
- to render ineffective or useless; nullify; neutralize; invalidate.
- to defeat completely.
- to engage in destruction.
Origin of destroy
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Examples from the Web for destroyed
An F-35 was destroyed on takeoff earlier in the year when a design flaw in its Pratt & Whitney F135 engine sparked a fire.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Before preservationists could put a stop to it, he and other looters had raided and destroyed precious relics buried at the site.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
We already have results: we destroyed many vehicles, military convoys, seized many trophies.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
They had a freak-out moment and destroyed some source material.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
Heal STL was destroyed, as were several other shops and offices contained in the building that went up in smoke Monday night.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire
November 27, 2014
Somewhere between 1267 and 1280 the Castle had been destroyed and rebuilt.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The tent caterpillar, which is easily seen, should be destroyed at once.
For every expectation that he fulfilled there was another that he destroyed.De Profundis
The enemy had destroyed most of the corn, the Summer before.The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone
And, further, when I had a chance to learn my remedy for myself, you destroyed it.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- to ruin; spoil; render useless
- to tear down or demolish; break up; raze
- to put an end to; do away with; extinguish
- to kill or annihilate
- to crush, subdue, or defeat
- (intr) to be destructive or cause destruction
Word Origin and History for destroyed
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.