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tear·​down ˈter-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce teardown (audio)
: the act or process of disassembling

tear down

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tore down; torn down; tearing down; tears down

transitive verb

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

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
After the teardown, Woychowski said he was left wondering if U.S. automakers can adjust. Tom Krisher, Fortune Asia, 13 May 2024 One player — much less an 18-year-old — cannot end a total teardown rebuild like this. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 This review process often includes a teardown of the gadget so the commission can inspect what’s on the inside. Emilia David, The Verge, 8 Apr. 2024 Yet a similar teardown of a BYD car, just a few years later, revealed the company’s level of technological sophistication was approaching Tesla’s. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 4 Apr. 2024 The deal means the Sharks do not have any more salary retention spots left until the summer of 2025, likely hampering efforts to trade either captain Logan Couture or defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic in the next calendar year if the Sharks want to continue the teardown. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 8 Mar. 2024 Bonner said a lot of the teardown and packing up had been done Saturday over about two or three hours after the festival ended. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2024 Sensing another teardown, Stafford went to ownership and requested a trade, which was quickly granted during Holmes’ first few weeks on the job. Detroit Free Press, 11 Jan. 2024 But Arlington Forest has only seen a handful of teardowns. Hope Hodge Seck, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024
Instead of building their mythic field, these middle-to-over-aged athletes are squaring off on one that’s about to get torn down and replaced by a school. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2024 In a poll conducted by The New York Times, Siena College and the Philadelphia Inquirer, nearly 70% of voters said the nation’s political and economic systems need major changes or even to be torn down entirely, which is widely seen as unlikely with Biden in power. Olivia Stevens, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2024 Seventy percent of voters believe that Mr. Trump will either bring major changes to the political or economic system or tear down the systems altogether, compared with 24 percent who expect the same from Mr. Biden. Nate Cohn, New York Times, 13 May 2024 The open-concept design meant tearing down walls and letting more natural light in, Campbell’s Snacks site leader Josh Logan said during Thursday’s tour. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 13 May 2024 The Santa Clara Valley Water District, which is overseeing the project, says work to tear down the old dam and rebuild a new one will begin in 2026, with completion scheduled for 2032. Shae Hammond, The Mercury News, 10 May 2024 When administrators at Columbia University called the N.Y.P.D. onto the campus to end the student occupation of Hamilton Hall and tear down the encampment, a SWAT team was part of the action. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 8 May 2024 Stateside, University of Southern California officials closed their main campus and brought in police to tear down an encampment yesterday as pro-Palestinian protests continue to sweep across the nation's universities and law enforcement is increasingly called in to disband the demonstrations. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 6 May 2024 Her contractor has been heckled, and some residents have vowed to do everything possible to get the ADU torn down. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1926, in the meaning defined above


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

Time Traveler
The first known use of teardown was in the 14th century

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“Teardown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teardown. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

tear down

: to knock down and break into pieces
tear down an old building
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