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