Meaning of RUIN in English

RUIN

I.

noun

1 spoiled state

ADJECTIVE

▪ complete , utter

VERB + RUIN

▪ fall into , go to

The house gradually fell into ~.

PHRASES

▪ be the ~ of sb/sth

Drinking has been the ~ of her.

▪ go to rack and ~ ( esp. BrE )

They've let the house go to rack and ~.

2 end of success, hopes, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ economic , financial

VERB + RUIN

▪ face

The company faces ~ over the new road plans.

▪ bring , lead to , mean , spell

The cost would have meant financial ~ for us.

▪ save from

PHRASES

▪ on the brink of ~ , on the verge of ~

▪ the road to ~

He's on the road to political ~.

3 damaged building, town, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ ancient , old

▪ charred , smoking , smouldering/smoldering

the charred ~s of their home

▪ crumbling

▪ castle , temple , etc.

VERB + RUIN

▪ be in ~s , lie in ~s

The church now lies in ~s.

▪ leave sth in ~s

The earthquake left the town in ~s.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~s of

the ancient ~s of Jericho

II.

verb

ADVERB

▪ completely , totally

The experience has completely ~ed her life.

▪ nearly

▪ effectively

▪ financially

The long legal battle ~ed him financially.

VERB + RUIN

▪ threaten to

A knee injury threatened to ~ her Olympic hopes.

▪ be going to

All this mud is going to ~ my shoes.

Ruin is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ appetite , ↑ atmosphere , ↑ career , ↑ chance , ↑ dress , ↑ economy , ↑ ending , ↑ evening , ↑ friendship , ↑ fun , ↑ health , ↑ image , ↑ life , ↑ mood , ↑ party , ↑ plan , ↑ prospect , ↑ relationship , ↑ reputation , ↑ surprise , ↑ vacation

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