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English definition of “doom”

doom

noun [U]  /dum/ us  
death, destruction, or any very bad situation that cannot be avoided: A sense of doom hung over the entire country.

doom

verb [T]  /dum/ us  
to be the certain cause of someone or something having a bad end, esp. to die or to fail: The effort is doomed to failure. He was doomed to be a one-term president like Jimmy Carter.
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