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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The court’s decision, 5-4, allows the Obama-era program to stay in place following the Trump administration’s attempt to disassemble it in September 2017. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending Obama-era DACA program," 18 June 2020 The vendor will arrange delivery of equipment needed to disassemble the monument in 10 days, according to the city. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Timeline, cost established for removal of Confederate monument in Pioneer Park," 15 June 2020 Construction crews worked throughout the night on Monday to disassemble the 52-foot obelisk located in Birmingham’s Linn Park. al, "Confederate cornerstone removed from Birmingham park," 3 June 2020 Each of the five cars will take several weeks to hand paint by the Pininfarina artists as the body is disassembled and reassembled three times. Ben Morse, CNN, "Ultra-rare electric hyper car to cost $2.9M," 3 Mar. 2020 Because Ikea products come disassembled and flat-boxed, their prices don’t need to account for significant storage space, transportation costs, or the labor required to put them together. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "This Is Why Ikea Kitchens Are So Affordable," 8 May 2020 But enough has changed to make time feel disassembled. Geoff Mcfetridge, New York Times, "The Pandemic Has Turned Los Angeles Into a Walking City," 23 Apr. 2020 And out in the arena bowl, workers clean up and disassemble the playing floor, which won’t have to be used again for a while. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Finger: On another timeline, Spurs reaching the end," 14 Apr. 2020 Items that can be broken down or disassembled and placed in the Kimble waste cart will be collected. cleveland, "Mayfield Heights, South Euclid to hold first virtual council meetings; Kimble announces waste collection changes," 11 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disassemble. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce disassemble (audio) \
disassembled; disassembling

Kids Definition of disassemble

: to take apart They disassembled the toy racetrack.

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