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ruin

1 verb
     
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ru‧in1 S3 [transitive]
1 to spoil or destroy something completely:
This illness has ruined my life.
His career would be ruined.
All this mud's going to ruin my shoes.
see usage note destroy
2BF to make someone lose all their money:
Jefferson was ruined by the lawsuit.
ruinedWORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

destroy, ruin, spoil
Destroy means to damage something so badly that it no longer exists or people can no longer use it The earthquake destroyed even the tallest buildings. The rainforests are being destroyed at a frightening rate.If you ruin or spoil something, it still exists, but it has lost all its good qualities or features. Ruin is stronger than spoil The rain ruined my hair. I don't want to spoil your day.See also destroy

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