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UK [dɪˈmɒlɪʃ] / US [dɪˈmɑlɪʃ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "demolish":
present tense I/you/we/they demolish he/she/it demolishes present participle demolishing past tense demolished past participle demolished
1)
a) to deliberately destroy a building

Disused factories were being demolished, and the whole site redeveloped.

b) to destroy a building or other structure by accident

The truck hit a wall at high speed, virtually demolishing it.

2) to have a bad effect on someone's feelings, or to spoil their plans

It was an experience that completely demolished her confidence.

3) informal to eat all of something very quickly
4) informal to defeat someone easily in a game or competition

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Demolish — De*mol ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demolished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Demolishing}.] [F. d[ e]molir, fr. L. demoliri, p. p. demolitus; de + moliri to set a thing in motion, to work, construct, from moles a huge mass or structure. See {Mole} a mound, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • demolish — index consume, damage, defeat, destroy (efface), devastate, eliminate (eradicate), eradicate …   Law dictionary

  • demolish — 1560s, from M.Fr. demoliss , prp. stem of démolir to destroy, tear down (late 14c.), from L. demoliri tear down, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + moliri build, construct, from moles (gen. molis) massive structure (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • demolish — *destroy, raze Analogous words: wreck, *ruin, dilapidate: devastate, *ravage, waste, sack Antonyms: construct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • demolish — [v] destroy; consume annihilate, break, bulldoze, burst, crack, crush, decimate, defeat, devastate, devour, dilapidate, dismantle, eat, flatten, gobble up, knock down, level, obliterate, overthrow, overturn, pulverize, put away, put in toilet*,… …   New thesaurus

  • demolish — ► VERB 1) pull or knock down (a building). 2) comprehensively refute or defeat. 3) humorous eat up (food) quickly. ORIGIN Latin demoliri, from moliri construct …   English terms dictionary

  • demolish — [di mäl′ish] vt. [< extended stem of Fr démolir < L demoliri, to pull down, destroy < de , down + moliri, to build, construct < moles, a mass: see MOLE3] 1. to pull down, tear down, or smash to pieces (a building, etc.) 2. to destroy; …   English World dictionary

  • demolish — [[t]dɪmɒ̱lɪʃ[/t]] demolishes, demolishing, demolished 1) VERB To demolish something such as a building means to destroy it completely. [V n] A storm moved directly over the island, demolishing buildings and flooding streets... [V n] The building… …   English dictionary

  • demolish — [16] To demolish something is etymologically to ‘deconstruct’ it. The word comes from demoliss , the stem of Old French demolir, which in turn came from Latin dēmōlīrī ‘throw down, demolish’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix dē ,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • demolish — [16] To demolish something is etymologically to ‘deconstruct’ it. The word comes from demoliss , the stem of Old French demolir, which in turn came from Latin dēmōlīrī ‘throw down, demolish’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix dē ,… …   Word origins