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 For the ale fest in 2017, promoters were charged $40,530 for a two-day fest plus setup and teardown, with a move to Butler Field. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Some Grant Park festivals reduce days, raise fees or cancel entirely after watchdog investigated discount scheme," 7 June 2019 Atleti were finally forced into a complete teardown of their historically successful back line, losing three of their four starting defenders along with Rodri – who had anchored the midfield magnificently in 2018/19. SI.com, "Autumn Brings Status Quo in La Liga After Summer Where Everything Looked Like Changing," 7 Oct. 2019 Despite being in the first year of their teardown and on their way to 101 losses, the 2012 Cubs still had the third-highest payroll in baseball. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Anthony Rizzo was part of the Cubs’ teardown, rebuild, championship — and now the collapse: ‘I don’t believe we’re just going to go away’," 26 Sep. 2019 Maybe this signals a teardown and Westbrook is also moved for a separate massive haul. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Clippers Acquire Paul George From Thunder in Most Shocking Move of the Summer," 6 July 2019 The project on Parkside Avenue is an extreme version of teardowns that are common across the Bay Area, in which homeowners see more value in the lot than the existing structure on it, Matthias Gafni reports. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Hailing a ride to the California ballot," 30 Aug. 2019 Related Stories The earlier teardown was in June 2007. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "New $15 million mansion sells in Hillsborough. Dream home? Nope, teardown," 30 Aug. 2019 Reza said that the teardown-worthy condition of the property was one of the things that drew him. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "‘Shahs of Sunset’ star and husband showcase a modern redo | Before and After," 13 Sep. 2019 Because of the collision between the fence and the propeller, the plane’s engine will now have to undergo a full teardown before it can be deemed airworthy, Griswold said. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Plane leaves runway, hits fence at Simsbury Airport," 8 Sep. 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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“Teardown.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torn%20down. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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