Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

tear down

transitive verb

Definition of tear down

  1. 1a :  to cause to decompose or disintegrateb :  vilify, denigrate <trying to tear down his reputation>

  2. 2 :  to take apart :  disassemble <tear down an engine>



Examples of tear down in a sentence

  1. <vandals tore down the wooden fence blocking the entrance to the beach>

  2. <the new owners apparently bought the house just to tear it down and build a lavish mansion in its place>



14th Century

First Known Use of tear down

14th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tear down? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a very small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommodate accommodate acommadate accomodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ