destroy

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Plain form
destroy

Third-person singular
destroys

Past tense
destroyed

Past participle
destroyed

Present participle
destroying

  1. If you destroy something, you break it or make it not exist anymore.
    The house was destroyed by the bomb.
  2. If you destroy someone you hurt them badly, especially their feelings, or cause them much trouble.
    Mary was destroyed by her failiure to get into college.
    The other kids destroyed him with cruel lies.

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