dis·​as·​sem·​ble | \ˌdis-ə-ˈsem-bəl \

Definition of disassemble 

transitive verb

: to take apart disassemble a watch

intransitive verb

1 : to come apart the frame disassembles into sections

2 : disperse, scatter the crowd began to disassemble

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Other Words from disassemble

disassembly \-​blē \ noun

Examples of disassemble in a Sentence

The bookshelf disassembles for easy storage. they had to disassemble the television set in order to replace the wiring

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To fix the process, Soyuz rockets already assembled for launch with their booster packs will be disassembled and reassembled to ensure that similar mistakes have not occurred. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Two months after mishap, Russian Soyuz rockets back into space with crew," 3 Dec. 2018 To fix the process, Soyuz rockets already assembled for launch with their booster packs will be disassembled and reassembled to assure that similar mistakes have not occurred. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Dramatic footage of Soyuz accident shows rocket booster collision," 1 Nov. 2018 The Air Force had just a few days’ warning, making disassembling them and flying or trucking the parts to safety impractical. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "More Than a Dozen F-22s May Have Been Damaged or Destroyed by Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 Depending on the design, they can be disassembled and reassembled at a different location. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Vancouver, B.C., bet on modular housing to ease homelessness. Could it work in Seattle?," 1 Oct. 2018 In 2014, both Kevin and Dan returned to the show, along with partner Adam Trent, for a terrifying act that included disassembling someone and putting them back together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Illusionists of 'America's Got Talent' Have a Surprisingly Familiar Face In Their Cast," 22 Aug. 2018 Most of the IMPs were disassembled and thrown away. Katie Hafner, BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Heart, 89, of Lexington; linked computers before the Internet," 26 June 2018 Just a few years ago, a well would be drilled and then the rig would be disassembled and moved to a new location—a time- and labor-intensive process. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "The New Tech That Terrifies OPEC," 1 June 2018 Since the IndyCar April races, the Foyt, Bryan and Petty grandstands were disassembled and the 150-foot-tall score tower in the infield was demolished, clearing the way for the project's most challenging phase — the infield redesign. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "ISM Raceway renovations: control tower demolished, construction hits homestretch," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of disassemble

1881, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of disassemble was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of disassemble

: to disconnect the pieces of (something)

: to come apart into smaller pieces


dis·​as·​sem·​ble | \ˌdis-ə-ˈsem-bəl \
disassembled; disassembling

Kids Definition of disassemble

: to take apart They disassembled the toy racetrack.

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