When you drive a truck into a house and totally demolish it, this is an example of a situation where you destroy the house.
The fire destroyed the library. The tumor was destroyed with a laser.
Felt that an overemphasis on theory had destroyed the study of literature.
Destroy a rabid dog.
The rebel forces were destroyed in battle.
The divorce destroyed him.
Origin of destroy
- Middle English destroien from Old French destruire from Vulgar Latin dēstrūgere back-formation from Latin dēstrūctus past participle of dēstruere to destroy dē- de- struere to pile up ster-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition