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dismantle

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verb dis·man·tle \(ˌ)dis-ˈman-təl\

Simple Definition of dismantle

  • : 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

Full Definition of dismantle

dis·man·tleddis·man·tling play \-ˈmant-liŋ, -ˈman-təl-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take to pieces; also :  to destroy the integrity or functioning of

  3. 2 :  to strip of dress or covering :  divest

  4. 3 :  to strip of furniture and equipment

dis·man·tle·ment play \-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.



Origin of dismantle

Middle French desmanteler, from des- dis- + mantel mantle


First Known Use: 1579

Rhymes with dismantle



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