Definition of dismantle
dismantlingplay \-ˈmant-liŋ, -ˈman-təl-\
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
dismantlementplay \-ˈman-təl-mənt\ 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.
Recent Examples of dismantle from the Web
Since taking power in 2015, PiS has set about dismantling the country’s checks and balances.
After any flight, ArcticShark can be dismantled, stored inside the module, and towed away.
The director said she's begun to dismantle the classrooms and is working to find a new home for the equipment and supplies she's amassed over the last 36 years.
An overflow crowd of more than 700 people filled a town hall on health care Sunday in Louisville hosted by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, voicing overwhelming support for the Affordable Care Act even as the U.S. Senate is poised to dismantle it.
Trump's public efforts to dismantle the health-care law, however, contrast sharply with President Barack Obama's efforts to build support in advance of its 2010 passage.
Students in Tuscon, Arizona are in the process of suing the state for its passing of a 2010 law that dismantled a Mexican-American studies program that had proven results in enhancing Latinx students’ academic performance.
But what was once a division meant to bolster women and girls and help them advance in society could soon be dismantled, according to a report from Politico.
Inside Jamie Horowitz’s dismantling of FoxSports.com.
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Origin and Etymology of dismantle
Middle French desmanteler, from des- dis- + mantel mantle
First Known Use: 1579See Words from the same year
DISMANTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dismantle for English Language Learners
: 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
DISMANTLE Defined for Kids
Definition of dismantle for Students
1 : to take completely apart (as for storing or repair)
2 : to strip of furniture or equipment
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