destruct

When you destruct something, you destroy or wreck it. A developer might buy an old building in order to destruct it and build a shiny new one in its place.

The verb destruct isn't as common as its relatives, destructive, destruction, and self-destruct, but you can use it to mean "wipe out" or "destroy." Your doctor might worry that your lack of sleep and frequent soda drinking will destruct your health, and a kindergartner will probably wail in frustration if her little brother destructs her Lego creation. Destruct comes from destruction, most likely as 1950's US defense industry jargon.

Definitions of destruct
  1. verb
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
    synonyms: destroy
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 24 types...
    hide 24 types...
    kill
    destroy a vitally essential quality of or in
    do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
    terminate, end, or take out
    self-destroy, self-destruct
    do away with oneself or itself
    end
    put an end to
    fracture
    interrupt, break, or destroy
    sweep away, wipe out
    eliminate completely and without a trace
    interdict
    destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
    demolish, pulverise, pulverize
    destroy completely
    break apart, break up, disassemble, dismantle, take apart
    take apart into its constituent pieces
    dismantle, level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
    tear down so as to make flat with the ground
    eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, root out, uproot
    destroy completely, as if down to the roots
    dilapidate
    bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse
    demyelinate
    destroy the myelin sheath of
    cancel out, wipe out
    wipe out the effect of something
    decouple
    reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)
    decouple
    eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)
    annihilate, obliterate
    do away with completely, without leaving a trace
    knock out
    eliminate
    drown
    get rid of as if by submerging
    cut out
    delete or remove
    cut, prune, rationalise, rationalize
    weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
    extinguish, snuff out
    put an end to; kill
    except, exclude, leave off, leave out, omit, take out
    prevent from being included or considered or accepted
    bulldoze
    flatten with or as if with a bulldozer
    type of:
    undo, unmake
    deprive of certain characteristics
  2. verb
    destroy (one's own missile or rocket)
    “The engineers had to destruct the rocket for safety reasons”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    destroy
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
Word Family