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destroy in English:

1. raze raze

<an entire city block razed by a terrible fire>
The town was razed to the ground in the bombing raid - not a building was left standing.

2. destruction destruction

Present-day Japan is going down the route to self destruction, isn't it?
A nuclear war will bring about the destruction of mankind.
The typhoon left behind a trail of destruction.
Industrialization of the region must be carried out very carefully to avoid environmental destruction.
The destruction will be instantaneous.
Today young people find themselves, through no fault of their own, living in a world torn by international bitterness and the threat of nuclear destruction.
Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction.
The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
It has been estimated that, as a result of the destruction, fifty species of wildlife are disappearing from the earth each day.
Zen's latest mission is to save the Earth from ecological destruction at the hands of a plant-destroying madman.
As things are, not one person will be spared from eternal destruction.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
With every broken vow, you bring our ideal closer to destruction.
War results only in senseless and violent destruction.
I left too much mess and destruction.

3. devastate devastate

A recent hurricane devastated the city.
Sixteen-year-old Lucy Holloway had been living a normal life near New York until rising sea levels and floods, hurricanes and earthquakes devastated the city.

4. destroy

Earthquakes destroy buildings.
There are plenty of things that can damage or even destroy those high-tech memories.
Denying she was an anarchist, Katja maintained she wished only to make changes in our government, not to destroy it.
With respect to these documents, I think the best thing is to destroy them.
A bad interview can destroy someone’s confidence.
We adults shouldn't destroy the intelligent and creative capacity of children.
Half the world's rainforests have already been destroyed.
Godzilla will never ever destroy the Imperial Palace nor the signboards of the sponsoring companies.
We mustn't let our planet be destroyed.
Alcohol destroys brain cells
In New York City, the term "Ground Zero" is the place where the World Trade Centre was destroyed in September 2001.
Sadly, we are destroying the environment and many species are disappearing.
1. You destroy everyone who gets close. / 2. Our mission is search and destroy.
The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.

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5. flatten

That new company could flatten the competition.
buildings are flattened / wipe out
A huge part of the business I worked for was focused on travel, and it was instantly flattened.

6. ruin

Drinking was his ruin.
You should really lay off that. It'll ruin your health.
Will the coffee stain ruin the carpet?
You will ruin your health if you drink too much.
The world is a sacred vessel that cannot be acted on. Whoever acts on it will ruin it; whoever holds on to it will lose it.
She's going to ruin her life if she marries that good-for-nothing. Someone should knock some sense into her.
Nuclear weapons will bring about nothing but the ruin of mankind.
It is not men's faults that ruin them so much as the manner in which they conduct themselves after the faults have been committed.
Every time I have a plan, you have to go ruin it
Ruin is inside us.
Science without conscience is only the ruin of the soul.
White lies could help us to be diplomatic and avoid hard feelings and arguments which can ruin a day - or a friendship.
My husband and I were spinners, but our spinning company drove us to ruin.
Those people ruin their government, but they don't know how to build it again.

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7. build

Birds build nests.
Those whose bones were exhumed to build the new catacombs could not be reached for comment.
There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.
But that's not the whole picture. Tatoeba is not just an open, collaborative, multilingual dictionary of sentences. It's part of an ecosystem that we want to build.
People build houses, dams, bridges, ships and so on.
It is foolish of you to build a castle in the air while forgetting to drive in pilings for its foundation.
Those people ruin their government, but they don't know how to build it again.
Sadako's friends wanted to build a monument to her and all children who were killed by the atomic bomb.
Man invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever have thought to build a mousetrap!
The appropriation is pin-money; it wouldn't be enough even to build a gym, much less build the administration building.
To believe that an unexpected big fortune will come your way is to build a castle in Spain.
He's just got a large build, so he looks like he'd be a fighter, but he's probably really a pushover.
My friends are building a new house. This house is very big and is 200 square meters.

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8. mincemeat

Mickey Conners made mincemeat of his opponent in the ring.

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9. wipe out

wipe out natural habitats
... we systematically and definitively wipe out all the anomalous spellings...

10. pull down

They had to pull down the old building to built a new shopping centre there.
they are planning to pull down all the old houses
They had to pull down the old building to built a new mall there.

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11. annihilate

annihilate terrorism, annihilate germs
... if the human race should be annihilated. They annihilated all opposition within six weeks.
In the end, one always ends up wishing to annihilate one's fellow man. Therein lies the sad fate of humanity.

12. to damage something so badly that it does not exist or cannot be used

English word "destroy"(to damage something so badly that it does not exist or cannot be used) occurs in sets:

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