Meaning of destroy

de•stroy

Pronunciation: (di-stroi'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to reduce (an object) to useless fragments, a useless form, or remains, as by rending, burning, or dissolving; injure beyond repair or renewal; demolish; ruin; annihilate.
  2. to put an end to; extinguish.
  3. to kill; slay.
  4. to render ineffective or useless; nullify; neutralize; invalidate.
  5. to defeat completely.
—v.i.
  1. to engage in destruction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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