June 18, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
tear down /ˌteɚˈdaʊn/ verb
tear down
/ˌteɚˈdaʊn/
verb

tears down; tore down; torn down; tearing down

Tearing down a house
Tearing down a house
Learner's definition of TEAR DOWN

[phrasal verb]

: to completely destroy (something, such as a building or wall)

  • They tore down the old hospital and built a new one.

  • We're planning to tear down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room.

— often used figuratively

  • tearing down the walls of injustice

  • They're trying to tear his reputation down.

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