Definition of


  1. (verb, competition) defeat soundly
  2. (verb, contact) put (an animal) to death
    the sick cat had to be put down
  3. (verb, contact) destroy completely; damage irreparably
    The tears ruined her make-up
  4. (verb, creation) do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Destroy

demolish, destruct, put down, ruin

Origin of the word Destroy

  1. earlly 13c., from O.Fr. destruire, from V.L. *destrugerie (infl. by destructos), from L. destruere "tear down, demolish," lit. "un-build," from de- "un-, down" + struere "to pile, build" (see structure). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Note: If you're looking to improve your vocabulary right now, we highly recommend Ultimate Vocabulary Software.

Word of the Moment


the office of an incumbent