Meaning of RUIN in English

RUIN

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

To ~ something means to severely harm, damage, or spoil it.

My wife was ~ing her health through worry...

VERB: V n

2.

To ~ someone means to cause them to no longer have any money.

She accused him of ~ing her financially with his taste for the high life.

VERB: V n

3.

Ruin is the state of no longer having any money.

The farmers say recent inflation has driven them to the brink of ~.

N-UNCOUNT

4.

Ruin is the state of being severely damaged or spoiled, or the process of reaching this state.

The vineyards were falling into ~...

N-UNCOUNT

5.

The ~s of something are the parts of it that remain after it has been severely damaged or weakened.

The new Turkish republic he helped to build emerged from the ~s of a great empire...

N-PLURAL: the N of n

6.

The ~s of a building are the parts of it that remain after the rest has fallen down or been destroyed.

One dead child was found in the ~s almost two hours after the explosion...

N-COUNT: usu pl

7.

see also ~ed

8.

If something is in ~s, it is completely spoiled.

Its heavily-subsidized economy is in ~s...

PHRASE: oft v-link PHR

9.

If a building or place is in ~s, most of it has been destroyed and only parts of it remain.

The abbey was in ~s...

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR

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