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"ruin" in British English

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ruinverb [T]

uk   /ˈruː.ɪn/  us   /ˈruː.ɪn/
B2 to ​spoil or ​destroy something ​completely: Huge ​modernhotels have ruined this ​onceunspoiltcoastline. Her ​injury ruined herchances of ​winning the ​race.
to ​cause a ​person or ​company to ​lose all ​theirmoney or ​their good ​reputation: Cheap ​importedgoods are ruining many ​businesses. If there's a ​scandal I'll be ruined!

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ruinnoun

uk   /ˈruː.ɪn/  us   /ˈruː.ɪn/
[U] the ​process or ​state of being ​spoiled or ​destroyed: The ​caraccidentmeant the ruin of all her ​hopes. They ​let the ​palace fall into ruin.
C2 [U] a ​situation in which a ​person or ​company has ​lost all ​theirmoney or ​theirreputation: Many ​companies are on the ​edge/​brink/​verge of ruin. Alcohol was my ruin (= the thing that ​spoiled my ​life)
B1 [C] the ​brokenparts that are ​left from an ​oldbuilding or ​town: We ​visited a ​Roman ruin. the ruins of the ​ancientcity of Carthage
be/lie in ruins
(of a ​building or ​city) to be ​extremelybadlydamaged so that most of it has ​fallen down: The ​townlay in ruins after ​years of ​bombing.
C1 to be in an ​extremelybadstate: The ​economy was in ruins after the ​war.
(Definition of ruin from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ruinverb [T]

 us   /ˈru·ɪn/
to ​spoil or ​destroy something: It would be a ​shame to ruin such a ​beautifulplace. That ​guy isn’t going to ruin my ​life.
(Definition of ruin from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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ruinverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​importedgoods are ruining many ​businesses. If there's a ​scandal, I'll be ruined!

ruinnoun

uk   us   /ˈruːɪn/
[U] the ​loss of all your ​money, your ​business, or your ​reputation: Many ​workers are one ​health catastrophe away from financial ruin. the ​brink/​edge/verge of ruin
be/lie in ruins
a ​place, ​building, etc. that is in ruins has been extremely badly ​damaged: The ​showroom was in ruins after the ​flood.
to have ​failed or got into an extremely ​badstate: The ​economy was in ruins after the ​war. He lied about the company's ​finances, and now his ​career is in ruins.
(Definition of ruin from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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