2. To severely damage or destroy a large part of something: The government's budget cuts will decimate public services in many small towns.
2. To break up into pieces or to tear down: The construction company used large equipment to demolish the abandoned building.
The contractors will demolish the old factory to make way for a new parking lot and a large quantity of explosives will be used to demolish it.
Olivia plans to demolish the old shed in the back. She knows it will destroy the home of a colony of raccoons; in fact, it will actually decimate their numbers in the neighborhood.
The old drug store was demolished to make a new parking lot.2. To prove someone’s ideas as irrational or false: Patty’s mother couldn’t think of one argument that would demolish her daughter’s wish to go to the nightclub with her neighbor's son.
3. To depress or to humiliate someone completely: Becky, who was 16, enjoyed doing many things with older people and this apparently demolished any desires to be with her teenage friends.