From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdoomdoom1 /duːm/ ●○○ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 FAILDESTROYto make someone or something certain to fail, die, be destroyed etcbe doomed to failure/defeat/extinction etc 🔊 Many species are doomed to extinction. 🔊 The plan was doomed from the start.be doomed to do something 🔊 We are all doomed to die in the end. Grammar Doom is usually passive. —doomed adjective 🔊 passengers on the doomed flight
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doom• Even those you thought were doomed.• Half of us are ruthless and the other half are doomed.• None of this means that Gore is doomed.• Yet in the longer term a regimeresting upon the narrowing social base of the landowning nobility was doomed.• They had felt she was doomed from the beginning.• But this attempt to carry on as though nothing had happened was doomed from the start.• The threat of a costlylegalbattledoomed the proposal.• All have been doomed to failure.be doomed to do something• It is lazy toassume that Bush is doomed to fail or that he and his administration are unequipped for the job.• A tenth of people who drank such water are doomed to die, say doctors.• Studies of other disorders show that medications given without such support likelyare doomed to fail.• But his resistancewas doomed to failure as the courtiers' position was confirmed by several royaldecrees.• It was now obvious that repeatedmilitaryefforts by a single state were doomed to failure.• Once again his efforts were doomed to failure.• If he lived he would be doomed to spend the war as a prisoner.• Like old Charles Foster Kane, they are doomed tostalk the dark, cavernous halls of their Xanadus.doomdoom2 ●○○ noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 ENDsomething very bad that is going to happen, or the fact that it is going to happen 🔊 A sense of impending doom (=coming very soon) gripped her.sense/feeling of doomspell doom for something (=mean that something will be unable to continue or survive) 🔊 The recession spelled doom for many small businesses. 🔊 Thousands of soldiers met their doom (=died) on this very field.doom and gloom/gloom and doom (=when there seems to be no hope for the future) 🔊 Despite these poor figures, it’s not all doom and gloom.COLLOCATIONSadjectivesimpending doom (=likely to happen soon)With a terrible sense of impending doom, he opened the door and went in.certain/inevitable doom (=sure to happen)Some environmentalists have concluded that the planet faces certain doom.verbsspell doom (=mean that something will not continue to exist)Many people predicted that Internet growth would spell doom for the traditional media.meet your doom (=die in an unpleasant way)At the end of the movie, the bad guys met their doom.phrasesa sense/feeling of doomEveryone in the business has a feeling of doom at the moment.doom and gloom/gloom and doom (=bad things that may happen in the future)The newspapers are always full of doom and gloom.a prophet of doom (=someone who says that something bad is going to happen)The prophets of doom were confounded when the team won the championship.