dis·​man·​tle | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈman-tᵊl How to pronounce dismantle (audio) \
dismantled; dismantling\ (ˌ)dis-​ˈmant-​liŋ How to pronounce dismantling (audio) , -​ˈman-​tᵊl-​ \

Definition of dismantle

transitive verb

1 : to disconnect the pieces of will have to dismantle the engine also : to destroy the integrity or functioning of The program was later dismantled due to a lack of funding.
2 : to strip of dress or covering : divest
3 : to strip of furniture and equipment dismantled the ship before scrapping it

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Other Words from dismantle

dismantlement \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈman-​tᵊl-​mənt How to pronounce dismantlement (audio) \ noun

Examples of dismantle in a Sentence

The mechanic dismantled the engine to repair it. When will they dismantle the old bridge? The after-school program was dismantled due to lack of funding. He accuses them of trying to dismantle the country's legal system.
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Recent Examples on the Web Most have been dismantled since the threat of nuclear war has lessened. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Does Dallas still have any of its Cold War-era nuclear bomb fallout shelters? Curious Texas investigates," 12 Feb. 2020 Made up of 52 elements plastered in large panels to the wall, the mural will be carefully dismantled and moved to the Rental Car Center for the public to enjoy. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Terminal 2's final flight: Sky Harbor Airport passengers, employees mark the end of an era," 4 Feb. 2020 Accused of trying to dismantle his predecessor’s health care law with no provision for millions who depend on it, Trump and senior administration officials have periodically teased that a plan was just around the corner. BostonGlobe.com, "Meantime the uninsured rate has gone up on Trump’s watch, rising in 2018 for the first time in nearly a decade to 8.5 percent of the population, or 27.5 million people, according to the Census Bureau.," 31 Dec. 2019 Beshear ran against a Republican incumbent, Matt Bevin, who tried to dismantle the Medicaid expansion that Beshear’s father oversaw after the Affordable Care Act passed. Washington Post, "2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’," 18 Nov. 2019 Scott Pruitt, the agency’s head at the time, was trying to dismantle myriad Obama-era environmental and public health regulations at the behest of polluting industries. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "We Gotta Pay More Attention to This Boring Guy," 20 June 2019 In April, workers were trying to dismantle a crane in Seattle when the mast collapsed, killing two workers and two bystanders. Holly Yan, CNN, "Cranes are supposed to withstand 140 mph winds. So what caused the deadly Dallas crane collapse?," 10 June 2019 Electricity is provided by solar panels which is sufficient to power low-energy lights and appliances, and the entire camp is designed to be dismantled so that the land can return to its natural state in less than two years. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Honeymoon in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 The man had used a cutting torch to dismantle a heavy metal casing for a conveyor motor but the entire system came down on him, Frank Polizzi, a spokesman for Cal/OSHA, told the Associated Press. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Man dies after being crushed by metal structure on Petaluma silo," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of dismantle

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dismantle

Middle French desmanteler, from des- dis- + mantel mantle

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The first known use of dismantle was in 1579

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dismantle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismantle. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dismantle

: to take (something, such as a machine or structure) apart so that it is in separate pieces
: to destroy (something) in an orderly way : to gradually cause (something) to come to an end


dis·​man·​tle | \ dis-ˈman-tᵊl How to pronounce dismantle (audio) \
dismantled; dismantling

Kids Definition of dismantle

1 : to take completely apart (as for storing or repair)
2 : to strip of furniture or equipment

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