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Indifference may not wreck a man's life at any one turn, but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run.
Bliss Carman

Meaning of "destroy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DESTROY

From Old French destruire, from Latin dēstruere to pull down, from de- + struere to pile up, build.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DESTROY

destroy  [dɪˈstrɔɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DESTROY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Destroy is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb destroy in English.

WHAT DOES DESTROY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Destroy

Destroy may refer to: ▪ Destroy, a 2004 album by Ektomorf ▪ Destroy!, a Minneapolis Crust punk band ▪ Destroy!!, a comic book by Scott McCloud, published in the 1980s by Eclipse Comics ▪ GFAS-X1 Destroy, a fictional weapon in the Gundam anime series...

Definition of destroy in the English dictionary

The first definition of destroy in the dictionary is to ruin; spoil; render useless. Other definition of destroy is to tear down or demolish; break up; raze. Destroy is also to put an end to; do away with; extinguish.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DESTROY

PRESENT

Present
I destroy
you destroy
he/she/it destroys
we destroy
you destroy
they destroy
Present continuous
I am destroying
you are destroying
he/she/it is destroying
we are destroying
you are destroying
they are destroying
Present perfect
I have destroyed
you have destroyed
he/she/it has destroyed
we have destroyed
you have destroyed
they have destroyed
Present perfect continuous
I have been destroying
you have been destroying
he/she/it has been destroying
we have been destroying
you have been destroying
they have been destroying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I destroyed
you destroyed
he/she/it destroyed
we destroyed
you destroyed
they destroyed
Past continuous
I was destroying
you were destroying
he/she/it was destroying
we were destroying
you were destroying
they were destroying
Past perfect
I had destroyed
you had destroyed
he/she/it had destroyed
we had destroyed
you had destroyed
they had destroyed
Past perfect continuous
I had been destroying
you had been destroying
he/she/it had been destroying
we had been destroying
you had been destroying
they had been destroying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will destroy
you will destroy
he/she/it will destroy
we will destroy
you will destroy
they will destroy
Future continuous
I will be destroying
you will be destroying
he/she/it will be destroying
we will be destroying
you will be destroying
they will be destroying
Future perfect
I will have destroyed
you will have destroyed
he/she/it will have destroyed
we will have destroyed
you will have destroyed
they will have destroyed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been destroying
you will have been destroying
he/she/it will have been destroying
we will have been destroying
you will have been destroying
they will have been destroying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would destroy
you would destroy
he/she/it would destroy
we would destroy
you would destroy
they would destroy
Conditional continuous
I would be destroying
you would be destroying
he/she/it would be destroying
we would be destroying
you would be destroying
they would be destroying
Conditional perfect
I would have destroy
you would have destroy
he/she/it would have destroy
we would have destroy
you would have destroy
they would have destroy
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been destroying
you would have been destroying
he/she/it would have been destroying
we would have been destroying
you would have been destroying
they would have been destroying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you destroy
we let´s destroy
you destroy
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to destroy
Past participle
destroyed
Present Participle
destroying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DESTROY


corduroy
ˈkɔːdəˌrɔɪ
Kamilaroi
ˈkæmələrɔɪ
mesonephroi
ˌmɛsəʊˈnɛfrɔɪ
metanephroi
ˌmetəˈnefrɔɪ
monopteroi
mɒnˈɒptəˌrɔɪ
Norroy
ˈnɒrɔɪ
pomeroy
ˈpɒməˌrɔɪ
pronephroi
prəʊˈnɛfrɔɪ
Roy
rɔɪ
search-and-destroy
ˈsɜːtʃəndɪˈstrɔɪ
stroy
strɔɪ
Troy
trɔɪ
viceroy
ˈvaɪsrɔɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DESTROY

destrier
destroyable
destroyer
destroyer escort
destroying angel
destruct
destruct button
destruct mechanism
destructibility
destructible
destruction
destructional
destructionist
destructive
destructive distillation
destructively
destructiveness
destructivism
destructivist
destructivity

WORDS THAT END LIKE DESTROY

alloy
baby boy
boy
cowboy
deploy
doy
duroy
employ
enjoy
Game Boy
hoy
joy
ladyboy
McCoy
Nictheroy
oy
playboy
soy
the boy
toy

Synonyms and antonyms of destroy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DESTROY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «destroy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of destroy

Translation of «destroy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DESTROY

Find out the translation of destroy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of destroy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «destroy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

破坏
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

destruir
570 millions of speakers

English

destroy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

नष्ट
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يُدَمِّرُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

уничтожать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

destruir
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ধ্বংস
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

détruire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Memusnahkan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zerstören
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

破壊する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

파괴하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sirna
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

phá hủy
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அழிக்க
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

नष्ट करा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yıkmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

distruggere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zniszczyć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

знищувати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a distruge
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καταστρέφω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vernietig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förstöra
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ødelegge
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of destroy

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DESTROY»

The term «destroy» is very widely used and occupies the 8.297 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DESTROY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «destroy» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «destroy» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about destroy

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10 QUOTES WITH «DESTROY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word destroy.
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Ted Allen
Cooking allows you to have travels, adventures and journeys without going anywhere. The running joke between my partner and me is that I'm not really concerned about how long it takes, or how much I destroy the kitchen, because I just have such a good time doing it.
2
Anas Aremeyaw Anas
When evil men destroy, good men must build and bind.
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Kofi Annan
If we can come up with innovations and train young people to take on new jobs, and if we can switch to clean energy, I think we have the capacity to build this world not dependent on fossil-fuel. I think it will happen, and it won't destroy economy.
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Isaac Asimov
Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance.
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Frank Auerbach
I destroy things every day in the act of working and often recall a picture I had considered finished in order to rework it.
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Simone de Beauvoir
All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.
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Isaiah Berlin
The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds.
8
Henry Charles Carey
It will be said, however, that protection tends to destroy commerce, the civilizer of mankind. Directly the reverse, however, is the fact.
9
Bliss Carman
Indifference may not wreck a man's life at any one turn, but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run.
10
Raul Castro
I was not chosen to be president to restore capitalism to Cuba. I was elected to defend, maintain and continue to perfect socialism, not destroy it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DESTROY»

Discover the use of destroy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to destroy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Wreck This Journal: To Creat is to Destroy
The special limited edition paper bag cover of the international bestseller… For anyone who's ever had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes this expanded edition of Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book ...
Keri Smith, 2012
2
I Have the Right to Destroy Myself
Dreamlike and beautiful, the South Korea brought forth in this novel is cinematic in its urgency and its reflection of contemporary life everywhere—far beyond the boundaries of the Korean peninsula.
Young-ha Kim, 2007
3
Search and Destroy
Recent high school graduate Rick Ward, undecided about his future and eager to escape his unhappy home life, joins the army and experiences the horrors of the war in Vietnam.
Dean Hughes, 2008
4
To Destroy Painting
The work of the eminent French cultural critic Louis Marin (1931-92) is becoming increasingly important to English-speaking scholars concerned with issues of representation.
Louis Marin, 1995
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Overcoming Emotions that Destroy: Practical Help for Those ...
Their message is clear: as we deal with anger, we deal with the primary cause for all destructive emotions. With the help of this useful book, you too can overcome those emotions that destroy. "I loved this book!
Chip Ingram, Becca Johnson, 2010
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The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Women
This book presents a fresh perspective on the many facets of sexism experienced by African American women, addressing such issues as wage disparity, spousal abuse, and the rising rate of AIDS among black women.
Michael Porter, 2001
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Peace Shall Destroy Many
In the face of violent confrontations between beliefs all over the world, the novel remains as compelling now as it was nearly forty years ago.
Rudy Wiebe, 2010
8
Search and Destroy: A Play
Aspiring movie producer Martin Mirkheim, a befuddled dreamer whose plans for lunching on the fine fare of Hollywood meet endless ruthless challenges from cold-hearted IRS agents, hard-hearted women and a heartbreaking bank account, thinks ...
Howard Korder, 1992
9
With Intent to Destroy: Reflecting on Genocide
An exciting and important study of genocide.
Colin Martin Tatz, 2003
10
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
As author Anthony Esolen demonstrates in this often wickedly funny book, almost everything we are doing to children now constricts their imaginations, usually to serve the ulterior motives of the constrictors.
Anthony Esolen, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DESTROY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term destroy is used in the context of the following news items.
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Your EDM Premiere: Project 46 - Destroy Me (feat. Brooke Tomlinson)
Both will enjoy “Destroy Me,” which features the astounding and gorgeous vocals of the California-based singer Brooke Tomlinson. «Your EDM, Jul 15»
2
wildfires destroy some cabins, while other owners fight to protect theirs
As more than 100 fires burn across the north, some Saskatchewan cabin owners have seen their property literally go up in smoke, while others ... «CBC.ca, Jul 15»
3
Shenhua Watermark coal mine approved, despite concerns it will …
The farmers say the giant open-cut project will destroy some of Australia's most productive farmland. Mandie Sami reports. MANDIE SAMI: The ... «ABC Online, Jul 15»
4
Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq Destroy ISIL Tactical Positions, Equipment
SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 8, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, ... «Department of Defense, Jul 15»
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Canada: Bryce Casavant suspended for refusing to destroy
A conservation officer in British Columbia, Canada, has been suspended after he refused to destroy two orphaned black bear cubs. «International Business Times UK, Jul 15»
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As It Happened: Queensland destroy New South Wales in State of …
As It Happened: Queensland destroy New South Wales in State of Origin decider. share. ONE Sport. Source: Queensland put on an outstanding performance to ... «TVNZ, Jul 15»
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BJP seeking to destroy secular democratic fabric, communal peace …
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Wednesday accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to destroy the ... «Business Standard, Jul 15»
8
Gelzinis: 'Help Greece, don't destroy it'
CONCERNED: Harry Nesdekidis, owner of Harry's Foreign & American Auto Service in Brighton, is worried about the crisis in his native Greece ... «Boston Herald, Jul 15»
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Always' Powerful New Ad Teaches Us All How to Destroy Gender …
Next, the girls are asked to write their limitations on large boxes, and destroy them – an empowering, symbolic act of breaking down the barriers ... «Latina, Jul 15»
10
Fireworks rekindle, destroy new pickup truck
HORICON — A Cohoes man ended up with two unwanted surprises Tuesday morning — a fire in his pickup truck sparked by fireworks, then an ... «Albany Times Union, Jul 15»

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