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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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 For 16 hours at a stretch, the stream of deep-brown strips and other products continues across Tyson’s 50 U.S. plants that together disassemble 37 million chickens each week, turning them into nuggets, wings and breasts. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tyson Made Its Fortune Packing Meat. Now It Wants to Sell You Frittatas.," 13 Feb. 2019 The video by the Outrider Foundation explains step-by-step how to break down a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, from disassembling and disposing of the rocket side to the nuclear weapon payload itself. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dismantle a Nuclear Missile," 10 Apr. 2019 Unplug, empty the humidifier, and disassemble it completely. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Humidifier, According to the Good Housekeeping Institute," 4 Jan. 2019 While in use, toys should be cleaned with disinfecting wipes and rinsed once a week, and sippy cups should be disassembled and cleaned on high heat in in the dishwasher. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "Most Sippy Cups and Kids' Bath Toys are Covered in Bacteria, Mold, and Fecal Matter," 14 June 2016 When disassembled, the DMOS shovel is small enough to fit in a closet, on a shelf, or in the trunk of your car, making it the true go-anywhere tool. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Only Shovel You'll Ever Need," 1 Feb. 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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