Definition of demolish in English:


Syllabification: de·mol·ish
Pronunciation: /dəˈmäliSH


[with object]
1Pull or knock down (a building).
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  • The plans comprise demolishing the pub and building seven three-bedroom houses, a four-storey block of eight, two-bedroom flats and a two-storey block with a flat and car park.
  • People living in Semington have given their support to a campaign to keep the village post office open, despite a planning application to demolish the building that houses it.
  • There are plans to demolish the Cathedral College buildings and rebuild a £15 million building with a performing arts centre which would open from September 2005.
knock down, pull down, tear down, bring down, destroy, flatten, raze (to the ground), level, bulldoze, topple; blow up; dismantle, disassemble
1.1Comprehensively refute (an argument or its proponent): I looked forward keenly to demolishing my opponent
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  • The statistics are shocking - and they demolish any arguments put forward by the cynical pro-smoking lobby.
  • They must demolish an argument in court, and demonstrate to the audience - sorry, that should read ‘jury’ - that they have done so.
  • It completely demolishes the arguments used in favour of culling birds of prey.
destroy, ruin, wreck; refute, disprove, discredit, overturn, explode
informal poke holes in
1.2 informal Overwhelmingly defeat (a player or team): they demolished the Denver Broncos, 55-10
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  • But defying team orders, Cunego demolished his team-mate on the road with a series of sensational stage rides and cruised to victory.
  • Further to that, was Kilkenny's ‘senior’ team not demolished by Kildare in the junior championship?
  • On Friday, the youth team was demolished 8-0 by the Czech Republic in Teplitze.
1.3 humorous Eat up (food) quickly: we demolished the potato pancakes
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  • Back at the ranch Bobby Joe was cooking up a feast of chilly dogs and all the trimmings and on return the golfers proceeded to demolish the food.
  • In no time we all filled our plates and demolished the food which was not bad for home cooking.
  • Not the mountainous dish I had anticipated, but they demolished the curry with enthusiasm, and felt pleasantly full afterwards.


mid 16th century: from French démoliss-, lengthened stem of démolir, from Latin demoliri, from de- (expressing reversal) + moliri 'construct' (from moles 'mass').



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  • And the demolishers have put up a small hand-written sign saying: ‘Windows, doors for sale’.
  • He did much to rescue Keighley's architectural heritage which was disappearing under the demolisher's hammer.
  • One of East London's most beautiful old buildings, the cream-coloured Barclays Bank on the corner of Oxford and Union Streets, will soon fall to the demolishers ' quick and ruthless tools.

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