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"ruin" in British English

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ruinverb [T]

uk   /ˈruː.ɪn/ us   /ˈruː.ɪn/

ruinnoun

uk   /ˈruː.ɪn/ us   /ˈruː.ɪn/
[U] the process or state of being spoiled or destroyed: The car accident meant 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 their money or their reputation: Many companies are on the edge/brink/verge of ruin. Alcohol was my ruin (= the thing that spoiled my life)
B1 [C] the broken parts that are left from an old building or town: We visited a Roman ruin. the ruins of the ancient city of Carthage
be/lie in ruins
(of a building or city) to be extremely badly damaged so that most of it has fallen down: The town lay in ruins after years of bombing.
C1 to be in an extremely bad state: 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 beautiful place. 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   /ˈruːɪn/ us  
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 imported goods are ruining many businesses. If there's a scandal, I'll be ruined!

ruinnoun

uk   /ˈruːɪn/ us  
[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 bad state: 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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