do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
"The fire destroyed the house"
destroy completely; damage irreparably
"You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
"The home team demolished the visitors"
destroy, put down(verb)
put (an animal) to death
"The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid"; "the sick cat had to be put down"
bring down, enter, ruin, disgrace, record, put down, degrade, discharge, lay, drop, unload, repose, set down, land, take down, demolish, demean, drop off, get down, destruct, place down, write down
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.
To defeat soundly.
To remove data.
The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Abolish, to do away with, bring absolutely to an end, especially as something hostile, hindering, or harmful, was formerly used of persons and material objects, a usage now obsolete except in poetry or highly figurative speech. Abolish is now used of institutions, customs, and conditions, especially those wide-spread and long existing; as, to abolish slavery, ignorance, intemperance, poverty. A building that is burned to the ground is said to be destroyed by fire. Annihilate, as a philosophical term, signifies to put absolutely out of existence. As far as our knowledge goes, matter is never annihilated, but only changes its form. Some believe that the wicked will be annihilated. Abolish is not said of laws. There we use repeal, abrogate, nullify, etc.: repeal by the enacting body, nullify by revolutionary proceedings; a later statute abrogates, without formally repealing, any earlier law with which it conflicts. An appellate court may reverse or set aside the decision of an inferior court. Overthrow may be used in either a good or a bad sense; suppress is commonly in a good, subvert always in a bad sense; as, to subvert our liberties; to suppress a rebellion. The law prohibits what may never have existed; it abolishes an existing evil. We abate a nuisance, terminate a controversy. Compare CANCEL; DEMOLISH; EXTERMINATE.
abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, end, end, eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, nullify, obliterate, overthrow, prohibit, remove, repeal, reverse, revoke, set aside, stamp out, subvert, supplant, suppress, terminate
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
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extirpate, eradicate, uproot, kill, slay, extinguish, carry off, root out, grub up, pluck up by the roots, cut up root and branch, strike at the root of, give a death blow to, scatter to the winds
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How to use destroy in a sentence?
Diceive the wicked, and Destroy them without Mercy.
We don't want to destroy this company. We want to keep this company for another 100 years.
We respect revolutionaries, not because they always do the right things but because of their power to destroy and courage to rebuild.
We are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces and Defense Secretary Mark Esper troops remain with them in other parts of Syria, we remain in close coordination with Syrian Democratic Forces who helped us destroy the physical caliphate of ISIS, but I will not place American service members in the middle of a longstanding conflict between the Turks and the Kurds, this is not why we are in Syria.
If life gets too hard it can destroy anyone, nobody except for God is invincible, everybody has a breaking point, the objective is to never let life get so bad that you have to break.
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