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Meaning of “demolish” in the English Dictionary

"demolish" in British English

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demolishverb [T]

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

B2 to ​completelydestroy 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   us   /ˌdem.əˈlɪʃ.ən/
the ​act of ​destroying something such as a ​building: the demolition of ​dangerousbuildings
(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 ​completelydestroybuildings or other ​structures: Most of the ​town was demolished by the ​tornado. They demolished the ​oldschool to ​build a new one.
(Definition of demolish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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