demolish

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 demolish */ — 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 demolish — verb Demolish is used with these nouns as the object: ↑argument, ↑building, ↑garage, ↑house, ↑myth, ↑slum, ↑wall …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 demolish — de|mol|ish [dıˈmɔlıʃ US dıˈma: ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: demolir, from Latin moliri to build ] 1.) to completely destroy a building ▪ The entire east wing of the building was demolished in the fire. 2.) to prove that an idea …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 demolish — transitive verb Etymology: Middle French demoliss , stem of demolir, from Latin demoliri, from de + moliri to construct, from moles mass more at mole Date: 1570 1. a. tear down, raze b. to break to pieces …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 demolish — demolisher, n. demolishment, n. /di mol ish/, 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; explode: The results of his research demolished many theories. 3. to lay… …

    Universalium

  • 16 demolish — verb /dəˈmɒl.ɪʃ/ To destroy; to destruct They demolished the old house and put up four townhouses …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 demolish — Synonyms and related words: annihilate, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, atomize, break, break into pieces, break to pieces, break up, burst, cleave, confound, confute, contradict, controvert, crack, crash, crunch, crush, cut to pieces,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 Demolish — eat or drink greedily …

    Dictionary of Australian slang

  • 19 demolish — Australian Slang eat or drink greedily …

    English dialects glossary

  • 20 demolish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v.t. raze, level, ruin, wreck, destroy, wipe out. See destruction, confutation. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. destroy, wreck, devastate, obliterate; see destroy 1 , raze . See Synonym Study at destroy . III… …

    English dictionary for students


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