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"destroy" in British English

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destroyverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈstrɔɪ/
B1 to ​damage something so ​badly that it cannot be used: Most of the ​oldpart of the ​city was destroyed by ​bombs during the ​war. The ​accidentseemed to have completely/​totally destroyed his ​confidence. to ​kill an ​animal because it is ​ill, in ​pain, or ​dangerous
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(Definition of destroy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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destroyverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈstrɔɪ/
to ​damage something, esp. in a ​violent way, so that it can no ​longer be used or no ​longerexists: You can use a ​shredder to destroy ​oldbankstatements. Losing his ​jobseemed to ​completely destroy his ​confidence.
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