(third-person singular simple present destroys, present participle destroying, simple past and past participle destroyed)
- To damage beyond use or repair.
- The earthquake destroyed several apartment complexes.
- (intransitive) To cause destruction.
- Hooligans destroy unprovoked
- To neutralize, undo a property or condition.
- Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate
- To put down or euthanize.
- Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.
- (colloquial) To defeat soundly.
- (computing) To remove data.
- The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.
Middle English destroyen, from Old French destruire, Vulgar Latin *destrugō, from Classical Latin dēstruō, from dē- (“un-, de-”) + struō (“I build”). Displaced native Old English shend (“destroy, injure”).