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 Solar Sister, so tell us—how to, how to disassemble our fragile empire without ballooning the glottal-bleat system for another. Aria Aber, The New Republic, "Blessed Are the Rich," 17 Apr. 2020 Below the dogwood’s pinwheel white blossoms, face up with oxygen petals, twigs, grass, yarn lie disassembled. Diane Mehta, The New Yorker, "Bunches of a Nest," 24 Feb. 2020 Also, with parts to disassemble and wash, cleanup takes longer than all of the other machines except the Mypressi. Jeremy Repanich, Popular Mechanics, "Single-Serve Coffeemaker Showdown: 8 Brewers Put to the Test," 1 Apr. 2010 Nearby, tent after tent was disassembled, cars rolled away, men speed-walked up the hill, fleeing the proximity of the law. Lauren Groff, Harper's magazine, "Waiting for the End of the World," 1 Mar. 2020 What New Berlin landmark was disassembled and later reconstructed in 1987 at its present site? 20. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How well do you know the Milwaukee suburbs? Test your knowledge with these 31 questions.," 14 Oct. 2019 After two long public meetings last year, project planners secured permission from the city’s Historic and Design Review Commission to disassemble and transfer the monument to the area of the bandstand. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo remains closed due to coronavirus restrictions, but work on $450 million makeover project continues in downtown San Antonio," 10 Apr. 2020 The site’s intensive care unit capability has been disassembled and is ready to deploy in a new area, the Pentagon reported Friday. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Department of Defense says some undercapacity medical assets will stay put," 10 Apr. 2020 The Corps of Engineers’ beds and equipment won’t be disassembled and moved elsewhere this week, the professor said. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Built in tensions, rocky past fuel Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ spat with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott," 6 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 24 May. 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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