- To demolish is defined as to knock down, refute or destroy either literally or figuratively, or to eat food quickly.
- When you beat your opponent 100 to 1, this is an example of when you demolish him.
- When you take a wrecking ball and knock a building to the ground, this is an example of when you demolish the building.
- When you eat 10 pancakes in 2 minutes, this is an example of when you demolish the pancakes.
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- to pull down, tear down, or smash to pieces (a building, etc.)
- to destroy; ruin; bring to naught
Origin: ; from extended stem of French démolir ; from Classical Latin demoliri, to pull down, destroy ; from de-, down plush moliri, to build, construct ; from moles, a mass: see mole
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transitive verb de·mol·ished, de·mol·ish·ing, de·mol·ish·es
- To tear down completely; raze.
- To do away with completely; put an end to.
- To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely. See Synonyms at ruin.
Origin: French démolir, démoliss-, from Latin dēmōlīrī : dē-, de- + mōlīrī, to build (from mōlēs, mass).