verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of destroy
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|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before preservationists could put a stop to it, he and other looters had raided and destroyed precious relics buried at the site.
We already have results: we destroyed many vehicles, military convoys, seized many trophies.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia|Anna Nemtsova|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They had a freak-out moment and destroyed some source material.
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|Justin Glawe|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His fort was destroyed, his men were killed, his settlement was a failure.The True Story of Christopher Columbus|Elbridge S. Brooks
He never came to my dressing-room, for that destroyed the illusion.Fair Margaret|Francis Marion Crawford
The battery-jars were uncovered, giving an effect of mystery unveiled, a sort of shamelessness, of destroyed illusion.The Confession|Mary Roberts Rinehart
The insidious revolt led by Buck had destroyed the solidarity of the team.The Call of the Wild|Jack London
If he should fall into sin, he would be chastised for his sin, but not destroyed.The Expositor's Bible: The Second Book of Samuel|W. G. Blaikie
British Dictionary definitions for destroyed
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for destroy
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.