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"demolish" in British English

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demolishverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈmɒl.ɪʃ/  us   /dɪˈmɑː.lɪʃ/
  • demolish verb [T] (DESTROY)

B2 to completely destroy a building, especially in order to use the land for something else: A number of houses were demolished so that the supermarket could be built.
C2 to prove that an argument or theory is wrong: He completely demolished all her arguments.

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demolition
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌdem.əˈlɪʃ.ən/  us   /ˌdem.əˈlɪʃ.ən/
the act of destroying something such as a building: the demolition of dangerous buildings
(Definition of demolish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"demolish" in American English

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demolishverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈmɑl·ɪʃ/
to completely destroy buildings or other structures: Most of the town was demolished by the tornado. They demolished the old school to build a new one.
(Definition of demolish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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