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destroy

Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrɔɪ/

Translation of destroy in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [city/building/forest] destruir*; [book/document/evidence] destruir*
    Example sentences
    • Attack operations can also contribute to preventing future attacks by destroying launchers after firing but before reuse.
    • Mr Browne said if a plantation is destroyed or damaged by fire, the incident should be reported to the nearest Garda station and to the Forest Service.
    • Mr Roebuck said the latest car fire had destroyed one vehicle and damaged two others parked near to it.
    1.2 (undermine, ruin) [reputation/confidence/friendship] acabar con; [life] arruinar, destrozar*
    Example sentences
    • Not content to destroy us emotionally, physically and spiritually, they also had to take us down calligraphically too.
    • Prostitution is a system of slavery that emotionally, spiritually and physically destroys women and girls.
    • Hugo's deep-seated jealousy of O drives him to set in motion a plan to destroy him by ruining his relationship with Desi.
    1.3 [animal] sacrificar* [euphemistic/eufemístico]
    Example sentences
    • The spirit of the Whitehall farce is demonstrated in an incident ten days ago when a Cumbrian farmer was about to witness eight slaughtermen start to destroy his sheep flock.
    • She took the dog and had it destroyed by the Humane Society.
    • The government announced last week that it planned to destroy all sheep and pigs within three kilometers of any confirmed outbreak in those areas.
    1.4 (annihilate) [army/population] aniquilar
  • 2 [colloquial/familiar] 2.1 (defeat utterly) [person/team/opposition] aplastar, darle* una paliza a [colloquial/familiar] 2.2 (American English/inglés norteamericano) (disappoint) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) decepcionar I was destroyed when I heard me llevé una gran decepción cuando me enteré
    Example sentences
    • And that is ‘to chase the enemy to the ends of the earth and utterly destroy him’.
    • War, its violence previously contained within law, spilled out to an attempt to utterly destroy the enemy.
    • No matter how many times the CPU seemingly cheated, or a friend managed to utterly destroy me using a lameass starter deck, I kept putting the game back in.

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