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

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 That was a polite way of saying his swing didn’t need a few splashes of fresh paint or a kitchen remodel, but a teardown to the studs. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2022 Shesterkin—who started in the net for exactly one playoff game before 2022—is one piece in a full-scale franchise teardown that was years in the making and is now coming together much faster than expected. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 25 May 2022 The video also included a quick teardown of the Studio Display. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 25 Mar. 2022 City Engineer Ed Piatek shared his hope the teardown will proceed quickly. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 Bourgoin’s story wasn’t so much a house of cards as a total teardown. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Of course the iFixit team have done a teardown to find out what’s going on inside Apple’s half mac Mini - half Mac Pro hybrid. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 But instead of a complete teardown and rebuild, Johnson said these last few months have been more a light recalibration of his marks. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 The Vikings announced their agreement in principle with Cousins on a one-year contract extension — the clearest sign yet that the Vikings aren’t interested in a teardown under new management. San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 Jun 2022

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“Teardown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teardown. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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