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English definition of “ruin”

ruin

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈruːɪn/
to spoil something severely or destroy it: Huge modern hotels are ruining this once unspoilt coastline. His frequent lateness has ruined his chances for a promotion.
to cause a person or company to lose all their money or their reputation: Cheap imported goods are ruining many businesses. If there's a scandal, I'll be ruined!
(Definition of ruin verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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