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

transitive verb

: to take apart
disassemble a watch

intransitive verb

: to come apart
the frame disassembles into sections
: disperse, scatter
the crowd began to disassemble
disassembly 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
Recent Examples on the Web When not in use, the gear box can be quickly disassembled and packed flat. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 Beyond material, Everett recommends choosing a feeder that disassembles easily for cleaning purposes, provides good viewing of the birds, and is bee-resistant. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 21 Feb. 2024 The puzzles are then cut and disassembled by machine, and bagged and boxed by hand. David Frese, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 Once you’re done, the unit can be disassembled and placed on the top rack of the dishwasher. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 Even if the actual pumping takes 15 minutes, assembling, disassembling, and washing up to a dozen individual breast pump parts can take even longer. Tara Bannow, STAT, 18 Jan. 2024 The writers, Ester Feit, Rita Ouellette and Michael Benjamin, separately disassembled the comments made by habitual whiners Chuck Lehmann and Neal Bluestein. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 To do the cleaning, disassemble all the parts and clean each piece with a clean cloth and water. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Those old shoes are then disassembled and recycled for new uses. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 13 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disassemble. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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dis·​as·​sem·​ble ˌdis-ə-ˈsem-bəl How to pronounce disassemble (audio)
: to take apart
disassemble an engine
disassembly noun

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