tear·​down | \ ˈter-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce teardown (audio) \

Definition of teardown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of disassembling

tear down

tore down; torn down; tearing down; tears down

Definition of tear down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to decompose or disintegrate
b : vilify, denigrate trying to tear down his reputation
2 : to take apart : disassemble tear down an engine

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Examples of teardown in a Sentence

Verb vandals tore down the wooden fence blocking the entrance to the beach the new owners apparently bought the house just to tear it down and build a lavish mansion in its place
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Year 5 of general manager Bob Quinn and Year 3 of coach Matt Patricia, the Lions certainly aren’t embarking on a teardown. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' free-agent haul isn't awful, but it doesn't inspire, either," 19 Mar. 2020 Some of the available jobs on the platform include work in restaurants as a line cook or dishwasher, as well as warehouse work and live event setup and teardown gigs, according to Uber Works. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Uber is quietly hiring in Dallas for launch of temporary staffing service Uber Works," 19 Feb. 2020 These days, properties on Meadow Lane sell in the tens of millions; a teardown on the strip sold for $35 million last year, records show. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Koch Brothers Are Sitting on a Real Estate Empire Worth Hundreds of Millions," 23 Jan. 2020 Further Reading MacBook Air teardown finds positive progress for repairability This is a good time to mention that the laptop defaults to a screen area that is equivalent to 1,440 x 900, which is pretty cramped by today's standards. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "MacBook Air 2020 review: The most boring Mac is among the best," 28 Mar. 2020 Ngakoue can only hope the Jags' teardown eventually includes his own ticket out of town. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL free agency: Winners and losers as franchise tag window closes, negotiating period begins," 16 Mar. 2020 Kyle Wiens is the cofounder and CEO of iFixit, an online repair community and parts retailer internationally renowned for its open source repair manuals and product teardowns. Kyle Wiens, Wired, "The Right to Repair Will Help Us Endure Outbreaks," 5 Mar. 2020 As with prior teardowns, the site gave the phone a repair rating. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iFixit’s iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown finds higher-capacity battery, 4GB of RAM," 21 Sep. 2019 Four days of Big Nothing at the Winter Meetings only fortifies the financial teardown and impending Bridge Year that awaits. BostonGlobe.com, "I’ve never seen a Boston team work harder to get fans behind a cost-cutting program. Imagine if the Bruins tried this? The Patriots?," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of teardown


1926, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 May 2020

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“Teardown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teardown. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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