1. do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

- The fire destroyed the house

Similar word(s): destruct

Definition categories: creation, undo, unmake

2. destroy completely; damage irreparably

Similar word(s): ruin

Definition categories: contact

3. defeat soundly and humiliatingly

Similar word(s): demolish

Definition categories: competition, defeat, overcome

4. put (an animal) to death

- The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid

Definition categories: contact, kill

Sentences with destroy as a verb:

- The earthquake destroyed several apartment complexes.

- Hooligans destroy unprovoked

- Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate

- Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.

- The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.