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Definitions of demolish

  1. To throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to pull to pieces; to ruin; as, to demolish an edifice, or a wall. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To throw down; reduce to ruins. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To reduce to a shapeless heap: to destroy, ruin. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To pull down; destroy; ruin. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To tear or throw down; destroy; ruin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To pull down; to destroy; to ruin. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To throw or pull down; to destroy; to raze; to ruin. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for demolish

  1. The task of revolution is not to construct the new society, but to demolish the old one, and, therefore, its first aim should be at the complete destruction of the existing state, so as to render it absolutely powerless to react and re- establish itself.... – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  2. The first care of the builder of a new system, is to demolish the fabricks which are standing. – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
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