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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
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 Then, an immediate check for lubrication pressure and temperature ensures no defects that may require a teardown. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2023 The videos are essentially full teardowns of each controller. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 1 Aug. 2023 While teardowns have been few, additions are prevalent. Debbie Funk, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2024 The Smart Home Scene blog did a teardown and chip ID on the Homey Pro for those working at that level of smart home engagement. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2023 Some phones have transparent backs that present a completely fake phone interior, but teardowns revealed the Nothing Phone 1 used a mix of fake and real components. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 11 July 2023
Even so, the construction site has been abandoned for years, and the astronomical resources required to either complete or tear down the project seem far away. Steve Appleford, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2024 One is that if a storm causes damage worth at least 50% of the value of a property — known as substantial damage — it must be torn down and built up to the newest building codes. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 After tearing down apartments built in the 1970s, development stalled on the lot — which sits at Providence and Fairview roads in south Charlotte — when Daniel Levine and David Miller filed lawsuits against each other in 2019. Julia Coin, Charlotte Observer, 28 Mar. 2024 That building continued last week with some tearing down, the Chargers parting ways with Herbert’s top two wide receivers because of salary cap issues that limited their flexibility,. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 The long-struggling village of 2,200 – which has lost about half its population and a good number of its businesses since the 1960s – would be best served by buying and tearing down the elementary school to make way for new construction, Spears said. The Enquirer, 25 Mar. 2024 Tevlin, the 22-year-old actress who starred in the ad, talked to CNN about tearing down stereotypes while also celebrating the differences people with Down Syndrome bring to the table. Aj Willingham, CNN, 22 Mar. 2024 West Allis Mayor Dan Devine announced on his personal X account Feb. 6 that the Burger King building at 106th Street and Greenfield Avenue had been torn down. Adrienne Davis, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 History of Bobby Mackey's Music World Before there was Bobby Mackey's, the grounds were home to a 19th-century slaughterhouse, which was later torn down. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 8 Mar. 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 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tear down

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