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-\

Full Definition of DISMANTLE

transitive verb
:  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

Examples of DISMANTLE

  1. The mechanic dismantled the engine to repair it.
  2. When will they dismantle the old bridge?
  3. The after-school program was dismantled due to lack of funding.
  4. He accuses them of trying to dismantle the country's legal system.


Middle French desmanteler, from des- dis- + mantel mantle
First Known Use: 1579

Rhymes with DISMANTLE


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