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We've seen a lot of people self-destruct because of a small taste of success.
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Meaning of "self-destruct" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SELF-DESTRUCT

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SELF-DESTRUCT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Self-Destruct is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb self-destruct in English.

WHAT DOES SELF-DESTRUCT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Self-destruct

Self-destruct is a mechanism that can causes a device to destroy itself under a predefined set of circumstances. The self-destruct mechanism is usually the most complete way to destroy the device containing it. For that reason the self-destruct mechanism can be used to destroy devices that are meant to be discarded. Self-destruct mechanisms are found on devices and systems where malfunction could endanger large numbers of people. For example, the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster rockets are equipped with explosive charges so that the boosters can be destroyed in the event that they go out of control on launch and endanger a populated area. This feature can be seen in videos of the Challenger disaster. After the initial disintegration of the shuttle, the two solid rocket boosters continued firing until they had exploded simultaneously 37 seconds later. This occurred when the Range Safety Officer decided that the separated boosters had the potential to endanger those on the ground and activated the self-destruct system.

Definition of self-destruct in the English dictionary

The definition of self-destruct in the dictionary is to explode or disintegrate automatically as a result of pre-programming. Other definition of self-destruct is to destroy oneself, one's reputation, etc, through one's habits or actions.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SELF-DESTRUCT

PRESENT

Present
I self-destruct
you self-destruct
he/she/it self-destructs
we self-destruct
you self-destruct
they self-destruct
Present continuous
I am self-destructing
you are self-destructing
he/she/it is self-destructing
we are self-destructing
you are self-destructing
they are self-destructing
Present perfect
I have self-destructed
you have self-destructed
he/she/it has self-destructed
we have self-destructed
you have self-destructed
they have self-destructed
Present perfect continuous
I have been self-destructing
you have been self-destructing
he/she/it has been self-destructing
we have been self-destructing
you have been self-destructing
they have been self-destructing
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 self-destructed
you self-destructed
he/she/it self-destructed
we self-destructed
you self-destructed
they self-destructed
Past continuous
I was self-destructing
you were self-destructing
he/she/it was self-destructing
we were self-destructing
you were self-destructing
they were self-destructing
Past perfect
I had self-destructed
you had self-destructed
he/she/it had self-destructed
we had self-destructed
you had self-destructed
they had self-destructed
Past perfect continuous
I had been self-destructing
you had been self-destructing
he/she/it had been self-destructing
we had been self-destructing
you had been self-destructing
they had been self-destructing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will self-destruct
you will self-destruct
he/she/it will self-destruct
we will self-destruct
you will self-destruct
they will self-destruct
Future continuous
I will be self-destructing
you will be self-destructing
he/she/it will be self-destructing
we will be self-destructing
you will be self-destructing
they will be self-destructing
Future perfect
I will have self-destructed
you will have self-destructed
he/she/it will have self-destructed
we will have self-destructed
you will have self-destructed
they will have self-destructed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been self-destructing
you will have been self-destructing
he/she/it will have been self-destructing
we will have been self-destructing
you will have been self-destructing
they will have been self-destructing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

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

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you self-destruct
we let´s self-destruct
you self-destruct
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to self-destruct
Past participle
self-destructed
Present Participle
self-destructing
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 BEGIN LIKE SELF-DESTRUCT

self-deceptive
self-declared
self-defeating
self-defence
self-defense
self-defensive
self-delusion
self-denial
self-denying
self-denyingly
self-deprecating
self-deprecatingly
self-deprecatory
self-depreciating
self-destruction
self-destructive
self-determination
self-determined
self-determining
self-development

WORDS THAT END LIKE SELF-DESTRUCT

autodestruct
construct
deconstruct
destruct
eruct
instruct
misconstruct
misinstruct
obstruct
preconstruct
reconstruct
substruct
superstruct
usufruct

Synonyms and antonyms of self-destruct in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «self-destruct» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SELF-DESTRUCT

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

Translator English - Chinese

自毁
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

autodestruirse
570 millions of speakers

English

self-destruct
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

संहार
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

التدمير الذاتي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

самоуничтожения
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

autodestruição
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নিজে থেকেই নষ্ট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

s´autodétruire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Merosakkan diri sendiri
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Selbstzerstörungs
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自滅する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자폭
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Damel dhewe
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tự hủy
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தன்னழிவு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्वत: ची नाश
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kendini imha
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

autodistruzione
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

autodestrukcji
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

самознищення
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

auto-distrugere
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αυτοκαταστροφής
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

self-vernietig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

självförstörande
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ødelegge seg selv
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of self-destruct

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SELF-DESTRUCT»

The term «self-destruct» is regularly used and occupies the 63.042 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SELF-DESTRUCT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about self-destruct

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QUOTES WITH «SELF-DESTRUCT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word self-destruct.
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Shannon Hoon
We've seen a lot of people self-destruct because of a small taste of success.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SELF-DESTRUCT»

Discover the use of self-destruct in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to self-destruct and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What's Left of ...
A humorous look at having a successful career describes how to marginalize oneself at work, promote mediocrity while squelching outstanding performance, use technology to one's disadvantage, and destroy old relationships and prevent new ...
Jason Seiden, 2008
2
Financial Darwinism: Create Value or Self-Destruct in a ...
This book is a must for anyone interested in improved strategies for risk management and economic performance." –Dr.
Leo M. Tilman, 2008
3
The Mass Comm Murders: Five Media Theorists Self-destruct
The Mass Comm Murders is a novel way (both literally and figuratively) to introduce students to mass communication theory.
Arthur Asa Berger, 2002
4
Will America Self-Destruct?
Walter H. Stern. Will America Self-Destruct? Walter H. Stern Writers Club Press San Jose New York Lincoln Shanghai Will America Self—Destruct? All Rights Reserved © 2001 by Walter.
Walter H. Stern, 2001
5
When Customers Think We Don't Care: Ending Actions That ...
The groundbreaking approach taken by this book is that great customer service will follow when employees can identify what is in it for them. When Customers Think We Don't Care redefines what you thought you knew about marketing.
Richard W. Buchanan, 2002
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Enemy within: actions that self-destruct companies, customer ...
This problem, familiar to us all, frequently leads to lost business, as customers, feeling abused & mishandled, switch to the competition. The Enemy Within looks at this problem from a unique perspective, that of the employee.
Richard W. Buchanan, 1996
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Maintenance Instructions, Direct Support/general Support ...
SELF DESTRUCT TlME ClRCUlTS: LONG FAlLURES (BACPCP ltem No. 20) STEP 1. Perform BACPCP, Item 20, SELF DESTRUCT TlME Circuits: LONG (TM 9-1095-205-20). DESTRUCT NORMAL Lamp L4 on B.l.T.E./ALARM CONTROL ...
‎1984
8
Flooding South Lebanon: Israel's Use of Cluster Munitions in ...
2007 by three organizations that carefully studied the performance of the M85 with self-destruct devices in Lebanon, including the primary institution responsible for defense-related research in Norway, estimated the failure rate to be about 10 ...
Bonnie Lynn Docherty, Marc E. Garlasco, Stephen D. Goose, 2008
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Bailing Water
Self-Destruct-Kid steps in thru batwing doors - blink of an eye captures picture like some Self-Destruct-Camera trick - CLICK CLICK: breath hangs stale as bar smoke, situation hopeless, face of the inevitable, gallows march, small smile and  ...
John Dempsey, 2004
10
A Dying Practice: Use of Cluster Munitions by Russia and ...
In Georgia, Mk.-4 160mm rockets delivered 104 M85s each.62 The GRADLAR 160 multiple launch rocket system launched the Mk.-4s, which have an outside range of 45 kilometers.63 M85s come in two models, with and without self- destruct ...
‎2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SELF-DESTRUCT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term self-destruct is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Now you can set your Gmails to self-destruct
Or, if I know Lily, another editor here at the business desk, and Renae have a meeting in two hours, I can set a time limit on an e-mail to Lily, so it will self-destruct ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
2
Chrome Extension Lets Gmail Users Set Their Messages To Self
If you're not sure if you're going to regret it (come on, you know you will) you can set it to “never” self-destruct, but then revoke it at a later date if you want. «The Consumerist, Jul 15»
3
Greece Hits the Self-Destruct Button
Greece has decisively voted "no" or "oxi" in the #greferendum. I mean, decisively. By Sunday afternoon here in the U.S., the election map was a solid sea of ... «Bloomberg View, Jul 15»
4
New Collaboration on 'Bounce' Installation at SPACES Sets Hayride …
For this special performance, keegan & nick have set their device to “self-destruct.” “This performance is collaborative and we are leaving it to the musicians to ... «Cleveland Scene Weekly, Jul 15»
5
Air Force Sent Self-Destruct Command To Broken SpaceX Rocket
Some 70 seconds later, safety officers sent the self-destruct command. The command may have prevented the rocket from going out of control, as well as ... «Popular Science, Jun 15»
6
Government faces call to review 'self-destruct' email policy
The Government is facing calls to review a little-known policy under which Downing Street emails “self-destruct” after three months. Any messages which David ... «The Independent, Jun 15»
7
No 10 Emails Self Destruct In Three Months
Emails sent from Downing Street computers self-destruct within three months, it has been disclosed. Under a system which makes it more difficult for the public to ... «Sky News, Jun 15»
8
These Mosquitoes Are Designed To Self-Destruct
Every year, mosquitoes infect 400 million people with dengue fever, causing severe headaches and joint pain. Since a 2009 outbreak in Key West, the Florida ... «Popular Science, Jun 15»
9
Tiny Origami Robot Can Fold Itself and Self-Destruct
Scientists at MIT might have created the most adorable robot ever. It folds itself up, scoots around, and can even self-destruct. One day, it could be doing all of ... «NBCNews.com, May 15»
10
Self-Destruct Saturdays: 7 Ways We Sabotage Our Lives On The …
As modern women and men, we are far more concerned with attaining optimum physical health, reaching sky-high levels of mega success and looking more ... «Elite Daily, May 15»

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