American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To dismantle, take apart, or demolish; raze.
- v. To dismantle something built.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To demolish, as that which is built; raze; destroy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To demolish; to raze.
- un- + build (Wiktionary)
“The Rebuilding Center in Portland, Ore., -- the place we are using to "unbuild" our house -- is the biggest such center in the country.”
“We can’t unbuild those Saudi Arabian fields, though happily their supplies are starting to slowly dwindle.”
“No serious thought, money, or effort goes into imagining how to unbuild the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan or how to voluntarily leave that country.”
“Once large-lot, suburban residential landscapes are built, they are hard to unbuild.”
“Perhaps subtle zoning changes and the popularity of such lifestyle centers can sidestep the significant problem that “once large-lot, suburban residential landscapes are built, they are hard to unbuild”:”
“Much like the federal VOI/TIS Justice Department grant program helped build prisons in the 1990s, a transition grant program can help to unbuild them in the 2000s (perhaps best administered by the Commerce Department).”
“In this inverted Field of Dreams, if you unbuild it, they (the developers) will come.”
“The fact of the matter is, and Ehud Olmert stated this best, “Terror built the wall, and terror will unbuild it.””
“Nuclear war was no longer likely between the member states; the threat was gone ... but how do you unbuild a shelter economy?”
“The symmetry of their construction, and the continued repetition of the same form, are never better shown than when the men, climbing up the sides of a stack against which they look small, unbuild the mighty heap, the bags falling on to a continuous band which carries them jauntily out of the store.”
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