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

v do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

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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
put an end to
interrupt, break, or destroy
sweep away, wipe out
eliminate completely and without a trace
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
bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse
destroy the myelin sheath of
cancel out, wipe out
wipe out the effect of something
reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)
eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)
do away with completely, without leaving a trace
knock out
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
flatten with or as if with a bulldozer
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undo, unmake
deprive of certain characteristics

v destroy (one's own missile or rocket)

“The engineers had to destruct the rocket for safety reasons”
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do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

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