Definition of builddown in US English:



  • A gradual, systematic reduction in numbers, especially of nuclear weapons.

    • ‘It is time for the federal government to follow a builddown strategy to extract itself from most civilian space ventures and let the private sector take over.’
    • ‘And, of course, you can continue to have offensive weapon builddown, as we are doing unilaterally in this country and as the Russians are doing.’
    • ‘Develop and execute plans and policies for builddown of officer/warrant officer corps during Army downsizing.’
    • ‘Defense builddown and inventory management: hearings before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, second session, February 26, 27, and 28, 1992.’
    • ‘President Reagan understood that sometimes you need an arms buildup before you can have an arms builddown.’
    • ‘Since the crisis began in late 2002, their position has been that North Korea must commit to a complete, verifiable, and irreversible nuclear builddown before receiving any benefits.’
    • ‘Regime change in Moscow led to a rapid nuclear-arms builddown on both sides that would previously have been considered impossible by orthodox arms-control thinkers.’
    • ‘It would accelerate progress toward a stable strategic environment by adding a more general stand-down of nuclear forces to the gradual builddown now beginning.’
    • ‘A recent study by the Congressional Budget Office compares current budget options with past defense builddowns.’
    • ‘It was Reagan's much-hated buildup that made the 1990s Cold War builddown possible - and helped create the late 1990s budget surpluses that so many in Washington who opposed the defense buildup tried to claim as their own.’