destroy

destroy
/dI'strOI/ verb (T)
1 to damage something so badly that it cannot be repaired or so that it no longer exists: The school was completely destroyed by fire. | an accident that destroyed her ballet career
2 to kill an animal, especially because it is sick, or dangerous
3 destroy sb to ruin someone's life completely so that they have no hope for the future
—see also: destruction USAGE NOTE: DESTROY WORD CHOICE: destroy, ruin, spoil Destroy means to damage something so badly that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired: Whole areas of the city were destroyed. | a drug to destroy cancer cells | Their traditional way of life has been destroyed. You ruin or (less strong) spoil something good or useful. It then usually still exists, but no longer has its good qualities or features: Too much sugar can ruin your teeth. | You've completely spoiled my day.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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