disassemble

verb
dis·​as·​sem·​ble | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈsem-bəl How to pronounce disassemble (audio) \
disassembled; disassembling; disassembles

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 \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈsem-​blē How to pronounce disassembly (audio) \ 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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Construction crews disassembled the gazebo in Cudell Park over two days in September 2016. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot to be dedicated at Chicago museum: live coverage," 23 June 2019 With proper care, your succulent twig magnet may last up to six months before needing to be disassembled. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Crafts with succulents — on a miniature scale," 20 June 2019 As a result, much of the Apollo infrastructure was disassembled. The Washington Post, al.com, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time," 19 June 2019 Speaking to the uniqueness of nuclear power, the plant will not be immediately disassembled. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Three Mile Island Is Closing in September," 9 May 2019 Its latest, called Daisy, can disassemble 200 iPhones in an hour. Anchorage Daily News, "The explosive problem with recycling iPads, iPhones and other gadgets: They catch fire.," 12 Sep. 2018 Even rarer are those that destroy traps, limited among vertebrates to two groups of chimpanzees and mountain gorillas that disassemble poachers’ snares. Jake Buehler, Science | AAAS, "Watch an ant rip apart a spiderweb to rescue a sibling," 7 June 2019 Next to the rock wall, the sofa is a sectional that can be disassembled so that the kids can jump on it and use it as a landing pad—every kid’s dream! Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Now You'll Understand Why Every House Needs a Rock-Climbing Wall," 17 May 2019 The final results—the outfits—are fitted to the mannequins and are rarely easy to disassemble. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Francesco Colucci Styles the Windows of Traid in London, Turning Out Some of the City’s Fiercest Looks," 22 Apr. 2019

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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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disassemble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disassemble

: to disconnect the pieces of (something)
: to come apart into smaller pieces

disassemble

verb
dis·​as·​sem·​ble | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈsem-bəl How to pronounce disassemble (audio) \
disassembled; disassembling

Kids Definition of disassemble

: to take apart They disassembled the toy racetrack.

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