To destroy is defined as to damage, ruin or spoil something beyond repair.(verb)
When you drive a truck into a house and totally demolish it, this is an example of a situation where you destroy the house.
See destroy in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME destroien < OFr destruire < L destruere < de-, down + struere, to build: see structure
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verb de·stroyed, de·stroy·ing, de·stroys verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English destroien
Origin: , from Old French destruire
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *dēstrūgere
Origin: , back-formation from Latin dēstrūctus
Origin: , past participle of dēstruere, to destroy
Origin: : dē-, de-
Origin: + struere, to pile up; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
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