See also: burndown
- (transitive) To cause (a structure) to burn to nothing.
- The police are hoping to find the people who burned down the cottage.
- (intransitive, of a structure) To burn completely, so that nothing remains.
- A fire which started in the bedroom caused the cottage to burn down.
- 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 79:
- The first Earl's Court station (1871) was a wooden hut in the middle of a market garden. It served a District connection between West Brompton and the West London Line. It managed to burn down in 1875, and the Earl's Court of today dates from 1878.
cause a structure to burn to nothing
completely burn so that nothing remains