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 disassemble (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 old Raging Waters water park, seen in this file photo, is in such disrepair that Salt Lake City plans to disassemble and replace it with a regional park comparable to Liberty or Sugar House parks. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 Tesla is recalling just under 6000 Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossovers for loose brake caliper bolts that might disassemble and cause low tire pressures. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 3 June 2021 Carving up the Company Following the IPO fiasco, regulators began to disassemble Ant. George Calhoun, Forbes, 7 June 2021 As Lucifer and Michael hit a stalemate, the former’s plan with Chloe for this fight is revealed: Chloe’s entire job is pulling the key out of the Flaming Sword, which would disassemble the weapon. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 30 May 2021 With the tiny kitten trapped in the part of the rear axle, the crew from Station 29 had to disassemble the entire back of the Maserati. Amber Randall, sun-sentinel.com, 17 May 2021 Nicole Reffitt told ProPublica her husband promised to disassemble the weapons to comply with Washington, D.C., laws. Joshua Kaplan And Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 11 May 2021 Leshikar opened the hood of the car, a Honda Accord, and with the engine still hot, began to disassemble it. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2021 The city is having to develop a new repair plan for the 1930s Cenotaph, since the earlier plan had sought to completely disassemble it and rebuild it on a new frame a few hundred feet to the south. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Apr. 2021

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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 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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