Definition of unbuild in English:



  • 1[with object] Demolish or destroy (something, especially a building).

    • ‘We now need institutions and policies that will unbuild that.’
    • ‘Also shown on flat-screen monitors was documentation of a performance, for friends and family back home, in which a wooden model of the mill was built and unbuilt in a single day; participants dressed in period costume.’
    knock down, pull down, tear down, bring down, destroy, flatten, raze, raze to the ground, level, reduce to ruins, bulldoze, break up, topple
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  • 2Not yet built or built on.

    ‘the houses remain unbuilt’
    • ‘They won a special prize anyway, but the house remained unbuilt during Mackintosh's lifetime.’
    • ‘Keil do Amaral's scheme for a gigantic Palace of Justice in Lisbon was unbuilt, but for its soaring pylons.’
    • ‘40 projects, both built & unbuilt, from the recent Urban Space by Design competition are included in this exhibition.’
    • ‘Planning permission on 44,000 unbuilt houses will run out at the end of this year, followed by a further 36,000 houses next year.’
    • ‘Incredibly, a critical four-mile long section of that fence remains unbuilt.’
    • ‘Like Allan Greenberg's, my own firm's projects for tall buildings are so far unbuilt.’
    • ‘The concern in our region is the pressure on and potential loss of our natural and unbuilt areas.’
    • ‘They all would be installed in four adobe buildings, as yet unbuilt, which Judd commissioned Horn to design in the late '80s.’
    • ‘Some 100 or so practices were invited to send on-the-boards material for this issue, with the stipulation that projects had to be unbuilt, but viable.’
    • ‘Others, including planning commissioner Joseph P. Rose, think leaving the space unbuilt is unlikely.’
    • ‘The Swiss adventurer hopes to fly his as yet unbuilt, unproven solar-powered plane around the globe in stages, hopscotching the globe using designated landing sites.’
    • ‘Allan Greenberg's skyscraper projects, regrettably, are as yet unbuilt.’
    • ‘Sometimes a minion will respond quickly, while other times a room will remain unbuilt (or captured spy uninterrogated) for what seems like forever.’
    • ‘Rowntree's as yet unbuilt housing estate should go on the ample brown field sites available elsewhere.’
    • ‘It's one of the great unbuilt projects of engineering history.’
    • ‘The lands which are subject to this tax are basically unbuilt, idle lands and non-business lands owned by firms, and excess residential lands beyond the permitted ceiling.’
    • ‘Beyond the original buildings of the center that are still owned by the developer, and which have sustained destination office uses well, the lots designated for live/work developments have remained unbuilt.’
    • ‘So by building it and finding out whether it works or not, actually lends a great deal of credibility to the yet unbuilt Analytical Engine, which is the true big forerunner of the modern computer.’
    • ‘Libeskind apparently makes no distinction between unbuilt and built projects.’
    • ‘Much of the stuff, as it turned out, was unbuilt, and the obvious acid test of such computer enabled fantasies will be when they finally emerge in the flesh, from behind the seductive gauze of imagineering.’