tear down

verb

Definition of tear down

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause to decompose or disintegrateb :  vilify, denigrate trying to tear down his reputation

  3. 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

First Known Use of tear down

14th century



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