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destroy

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈstrɔɪ/ us  
B1 to damage something so badly that it cannot be used: Most of the old part of the city was destroyed by bombs during the war. The accident seemed to have completely/totally destroyed his confidence. to kill an animal because it is ill, in pain, or dangerous
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