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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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 Under the new plan, the Cenotaph would be disassembled, then rebuilt with a new steel frame on the approximate site of a gazebo that now stands in front of the Menger Hotel. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Proposed Alamo plan would overhaul heart of downtown but is stirring controversy," 7 June 2018 The All-Star-less Utah Jazz, with the rookie guard Donovan Mitchell at the helm, disassembled an Oklahoma City roster featuring the defending MVP and a combined 22 All-Star appearances. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The NBA’s New Age Is on Full Display," 3 May 2018 An 1890s barn in downtown Farmington that was offered for free on Facebook will be disassembled, starting Wednesday, to make way for a sushi restaurant's parking lot. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Sushi restaurant owner saves 1890s barn in Farmington," 4 Apr. 2018 On the album, Mr. Evans and Mr. Smythe play a relatively faithful rendition of the classic tune’s stippled, rag-like melody, then disassemble and erupt it over the course of five subsequent tracks. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Wynton Marsalis Provokes Again With Head-Scratching ‘Ever Fonky Lowdown’," 2 July 2018 Park and refuge staff snipped some wires and disassembled the fence around them, quietly to avoid spooking them. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Back from the brink, the Sonoran pronghorn now roam an increasingly political landscape," 27 Mar. 2018 The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse was constructed 30 years ago by hand (as in no power tools) in Boulder's sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, before it was disassembled, shipped and rebuilt here. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 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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