verb dis·man·tle \(ˌ)dis-ˈman-təl\
: to take (something, such as a machine or structure) apart so that it is in separate pieces
: to destroy (something) in an orderly way : to gradually cause (something) to come to an end
dis·man·tleddis·man·tling \-ˈmant-liŋ, -ˈman-təl-\
: to take to pieces; also : to destroy the integrity or functioning of
: to strip of dress or covering : divest
: to strip of furniture and equipment
— dis·man·tle·ment \-ˈman-təl-mənt\ noun
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Examples of DISMANTLE
- The mechanic dismantled the engine to repair it.
- When will they dismantle the old bridge?
- The after-school program was dismantled due to lack of funding.
- He accuses them of trying to dismantle the country's legal system.
Origin of DISMANTLE
Middle French desmanteler,
dis- + mantel
First Known Use: 1579
: to take completely apart (as for storing or repair)
: to strip of furniture or equipment
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