Build and Destroy


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Build verb – To form by putting together parts or materials.
Usage example: he spent hours building a model airplane from a kit

Destroy is an antonym for build in topics: carry, increase, initiate, construct structure.
Nearby Words: built, building, buildup, builder
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Destroy verb – To bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of.
Usage example: their poor scores on the final exam destroyed any chance they might have had to pass the course

Build is an antonym for destroy in topics: demolish, rid.
Nearby Words: destroyed, destroyer, destroying
Antonyms for Destroy
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Common collocations

life build life destroy life
body build body destroy body
civilization build civilization destroy civilization
society build society destroy society
Other nouns: station, base, army, house, world, building, machine, tower, empire, ship, fleet, bridge, town, city, units, buildings, ships, cities, robots.

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / Space Station 13 All There in the Manual: Or at least All There on the Wiki including the backstory, how to build and destroy stuff, and other explanations.
  • The Story Of Red Cloud, a Dark Souls–based mod of Terraria, includes a massive pre-built map with strategically placed items and removes the player's ability to freely build or destroy, turning the game into a full-fledged Metroidvania.
    Source: Metroidvania
  • Humans Are Warriors Almost all human ethnicities are at least competent at fighting, and those who fight after the fashion of humans from Planet Terra can build and destroy multi-thousand world empires.
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Destroy and Build. (2016). Retrieved 2022, May 23, from
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Destroy or Build. 2016. Accessed May 23, 2022.

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