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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·stroy /dɪˈstrɔɪ, di-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·stroy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Destroyed p. pr. & vb. n. Destroying.]
 1. To unbuild; to pull or tear down; to separate virulently into its constituent parts; to break up the structure and organic existence of; to demolish.
    But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves.   --Ex. xxxiv. 13.
 2. To ruin; to bring to naught; to put an end to; to annihilate; to consume.
    I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation.   --Jer. xii. 17.
 3. To put an end to the existence, prosperity, or beauty of; to kill.
 If him by force he can destroy, or, worse,
 By some false guile pervert.   --Milton.
 Syn: -- To demolish; lay waste; consume; raze; dismantle; ruin; throw down; overthrow; subvert; desolate; devastate; deface; extirpate; extinguish; kill; slay. See Demolish.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire
           destroyed the house" [syn: destruct]
      2: destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my
         car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her
         make-up" [syn: ruin]
      3: defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors"
         [syn: demolish]
      4: as of animals; "The customs agents destroyed the dog that
         was found to be rabid"