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de·mol·ish

 (dĭ-mŏl′ĭsh)
tr.v. de·mol·ished, de·mol·ish·ing, de·mol·ish·es
1. To tear down or break apart the structure of; raze. See Synonyms at destroy.
2. To do away with completely; put an end to: The opposing team's home run demolished any hopes we had of winning the game.
3. To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely.

[French démolir, démoliss-, from Latin dēmōlīrī : dē-, de- + mōlīrī, to build (from mōlēs, mass).]

demolish

(dɪˈmɒlɪʃ)
vb (tr)
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!.
[C16: from French démolir, from Latin dēmōlīrī to throw down, destroy, from de- + mōlīrī to strive, toil, construct, from mōles mass, bulk]
deˈmolisher n
deˈmolishment n

de•mol•ish

(dɪˈmɒl ɪʃ)

v.t.
1. to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), esp. on purpose; tear down; raze.
2. to put an end to; destroy; finish.
3. to lay waste to; ruin utterly.
[1560–70; < Middle French démoliss-, s. of démolir < Latin dēmōlīrī to destroy =dē- de- + mōlīrī to set in motion, struggle (derivative of mōlēs mass, bulk)]
de•mol′ish•er, n.
de•mol′ish•ment, n.
syn: See destroy.

demolish


Past participle: demolished
Gerund: demolishing

Imperative
demolish
demolish
Present
I demolish
you demolish
he/she/it demolishes
we demolish
you demolish
they demolish
Preterite
I demolished
you demolished
he/she/it demolished
we demolished
you demolished
they demolished
Present Continuous
I am demolishing
you are demolishing
he/she/it is demolishing
we are demolishing
you are demolishing
they are demolishing
Present Perfect
I have demolished
you have demolished
he/she/it has demolished
we have demolished
you have demolished
they have demolished
Past Continuous
I was demolishing
you were demolishing
he/she/it was demolishing
we were demolishing
you were demolishing
they were demolishing
Past Perfect
I had demolished
you had demolished
he/she/it had demolished
we had demolished
you had demolished
they had demolished
Future
I will demolish
you will demolish
he/she/it will demolish
we will demolish
you will demolish
they will demolish
Future Perfect
I will have demolished
you will have demolished
he/she/it will have demolished
we will have demolished
you will have demolished
they will have demolished
Future Continuous
I will be demolishing
you will be demolishing
he/she/it will be demolishing
we will be demolishing
you will be demolishing
they will be demolishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been demolishing
you have been demolishing
he/she/it has been demolishing
we have been demolishing
you have been demolishing
they have been demolishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been demolishing
you will have been demolishing
he/she/it will have been demolishing
we will have been demolishing
you will have been demolishing
they will have been demolishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been demolishing
you had been demolishing
he/she/it had been demolishing
we had been demolishing
you had been demolishing
they had been demolishing
Conditional
I would demolish
you would demolish
he/she/it would demolish
we would demolish
you would demolish
they would demolish
Past Conditional
I would have demolished
you would have demolished
he/she/it would have demolished
we would have demolished
you would have demolished
they would have demolished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.demolish - destroy completely; "the wrecking ball demolished the building"; "demolish your enemies"; "pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand"
destroy, destruct - do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"
2.demolish - humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"
abase, chagrin, humiliate, humble, mortify - cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
3.demolish - defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors"
smash - overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful); "The police smashed the drug ring after they were tipped off"
swallow - engulf and destroy; "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"
cut to ribbons - defeat totally; "We must cut the other team to ribbons!"
defeat, get the better of, overcome - win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

demolish

verb
1. knock down, level, destroy, ruin, overthrow, dismantle, flatten, trash (slang), total (slang), tear down, bulldoze, raze, pulverize The building is being demolished to make way for a motorway.
knock down build, create, restore, repair, strengthen, construct
2. destroy, ruin, wreck, smash, overturn, overthrow, undo, discredit, blow out of the water (slang) Their intention was to demolish his reputation.
3. defeat, hammer, tank (slang), massacre, lick (informal), rout, annihilate, wipe the floor with (informal), stuff (slang), run rings round, make mincemeat of They demolished the other team 6-0.
4. (Facetious) devour, eat, consume, swallow, bolt, hoover (informal), gorge, put away, gobble up, guzzle, polish off (informal), gulp down, wolf down, pig out on (slang) We demolished a six-pack of beer.

demolish

verb
1. To pull down or break up so that reconstruction is impossible:
Aerospace: destruct.
2. To cause the complete ruin or wreckage of:
Slang: total.
Translations
يُدَمِّر، يَهْدِميَهْدِمُ
bouratdemolovatzbořitzbourat
nedrive
lammutama
hajottaapurkaatuhota
srušiti
rífa
取り壊す
부수다
demolior
griautigriovimasnugriautinugriovimas
demolētnojauktsagraut
dărâma
zbúrať
porušiti
förstöra
รื้อถอน
phá hủy

demolish

[dɪˈmɒlɪʃ] VT [+ building] → demoler, derribar, echar abajo (fig) [+ argument] → echar por tierra; [+ opposition] → arrasar (hum) [+ cake] → zamparse

demolish

[dɪˈmɒlɪʃ] vt
(= knock down) [+ building] → démolir
(fig) [+ argument, myth] → détruire

demolish

vt buildingab- or einreißen, abbrechen; fortificationsniederreißen; (fig) opponent, theoryzunichtemachen, vernichten; mythzerstören; (hum) cake etcvertilgen

demolish

[dɪˈmɒlɪʃ] vt (gen) → demolire (hum) (cake, food) → far fuori

demolish

(diˈmoliʃ) verb
to pull or tear down. They're demolishing the old buildings in the centre of town.
ˌdemoˈlition (demə-) noun

demolish

يَهْدِمُ zbořit nedrive abreißen κατεδαφίζω demoler purkaa démolir srušiti demolire 取り壊す 부수다 slopen rasere zburzyć demolir разрушать förstöra รื้อถอน yıkmak phá hủy 拆毁
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Almost as flushed as she had been in my dream, she leaned over the edge of the bank and began to demolish our flowery pagoda.
Fifty or more of the most eminent lawyers of that day tried to demolish these arguments, and failed.
Is it, pray, any new thing for a single knight-errant to demolish an army of two hundred thousand men, as if they all had but one throat or were made of sugar paste?
Heretofore the Swedes had always watched near-by their trap, for as a rule only the stronger bulls are thus caught, since in their greediness they prevent the weaker from approaching the covered bait, and when once within the ordinary rude trap woven on the spot of interlaced branches they are able, with the aid of their friends upon the outside, to demolish their prison and escape.
of meat; and one must have the stomach of a Gargantua to demolish some dozens of them.
So rich, dear sir, that your fortune resembles the pyramids; if you wished to demolish them you could not, and if it were possible, you would not dare
Notwithstanding that, Messer Nicolo Vitelli in our times has been seen to demolish two fortresses in Citta di Castello so that he might keep that state; Guido Ubaldo, Duke of Urbino, on returning to his dominion, whence he had been driven by Cesare Borgia, razed to the foundations all the fortresses in that province, and considered that without them it would be more difficult to lose it; the Bentivogli returning to Bologna came to a similar decision.
By his advice a decree from parliament summoned the citizens to lay down their arms and demolish the barricades.
Sixty-eight pounders to demolish huts of cocoanut boughs, and Congreve rockets to set on fire a few canoe sheds!
They sneer at your most inoffensive suggestions; they laugh unfeelingly at your treasured dreams of foreign lands; they brand the statements of your traveled aunts and uncles as the stupidest absurdities; they deride your most trusted authors and demolish the fair images they have set up for your willing worship with the pitiless ferocity of the fanatic iconoclast
Hilbery sometimes thought good to demolish her certainty of an approaching millennium struck chill upon her.
The rest of you are not human, and therefore it will not be wicked to demolish you.