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demolish

[dih-mol-ish] /dɪˈmɒl ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), especially on purpose; tear down; raze.
2.
to put an end to; destroy; explode:
The results of his research demolished many theories.
3.
to lay waste to; ruin utterly:
The fire demolished the area.
4.
Informal. to devour completely:
We simply demolished that turkey.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Middle French démoliss-, stem of démolir < Latin dēmōlīrī to destroy, equivalent to dē- de- + mōlīrī to set in motion, struggle (mōl(ēs) mass, bulk + -īrī infinitive suffix)
Related forms
demolisher, noun
demolishment, noun
half-demolished, adjective
undemolished, adjective
Synonyms
1. level, wreck, bulldoze. See destroy.
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Examples for demolish
  • But they are not protected from eviction if the landlord gets approval to demolish the building.
  • Preservationists had fought a plan to demolish the building, according to the article.
  • Its easier to demolish seats then to change a trade tariff.
  • Costs of decommissioning demolish the economics of nuclear power.
  • The easiest solution is to demolish such structures.
  • Add an owner eager to sell it and a buyer who may want to demolish it.
  • It is not difficult to demolish each argument in turn.
  • Some wanted to demolish the building and build anew on its site.
  • Take that away and you demolish the largest driver of economic growth on the planet.
  • He then erects a straw tenet only to demolish it on the ground of its absurdity.
British Dictionary definitions for demolish

demolish

/dɪˈmɒlɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to tear down or break up (buildings, etc)
2.
to destroy; put an end to (an argument, etc)
3.
(facetious) to eat up she demolished the whole cake!
Derived Forms
demolisher, noun
demolishment, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French démolir, from Latin dēmōlīrī to throw down, destroy, from de- + mōlīrī to strive, toil, construct, from mōles mass, bulk
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Word Origin and History for demolish
v.

1560s, from Middle French demoliss-, present participle stem of démolir "to destroy, tear down" (late 14c.), from Latin demoliri "tear down," from de- "down" (see de-) + moliri "build, construct," from moles (genitive molis) "massive structure" (see mole (n.3)). Related: Demolished; demolishing.

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