Meaning of “demolish” in the English Dictionary

"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.

More examples

  • The building had to be demolished because of subsidence.
  • One by one the old buildings in the city have been demolished and replaced with modern tower blocks.
  • The explosion virtually demolished several nearby houses.
  • You've demolished my lovely arrangement - now I'll have to do it all over again!
  • Our greenhouse was demolished in last night's storm.
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)