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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Jachec turned that concept into an art form Monday night, dismantling Oak Park-River Forest with an eight-strikeout performance for a 4-0 victory in the Class 4A Schaumburg Supersectional at Boomers Stadium. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Elgin Courier-News, "Complete control: Matt Jachec strikes out 8 in shutout as Hampshire gets to state for 1st time," 4 June 2019 Only the five authorised nuclear states can help dismantle and remove nuclear weapons. The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 The Cavs are could hold their ground to compete for a lower seed or completely dismantle and go back into the draft lottery. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: LeBron James' departure to the West opens up field for Pacers, Victor Oladipo," 2 July 2018 Lore has it that it was built in Scotland nearly a century ago, dismantled and delivered piecemeal to what was then a northern Baltimore County outpost. Elizabeth Heubeck, baltimoresun.com, "Freemasons' Bonnie Blink sits on a hill in Cockeysville, caters to elderly residents," 20 June 2018 This column continues to doubt that President Trump can persuade North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to dismantle his nuclear weapons program, but remains eager to be proven wrong. James Freeman, WSJ, "What Does Kim Want?," 28 Feb. 2019 One of his goals: A declaration of specific steps North Korea can take to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump thinks things are 'going well' with North Korea - others are skeptical," 3 July 2018 In a sign of the progressive political times, Wisconsin’s new Governor wants to dismantle this success. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Wisconsin’s School Monopolist," 7 Mar. 2019 Following the Great Exhibition, the structure was dismantled and rebuilt in south east London, where it was reopened in June of 1854 as a popular attraction. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The True Story of Prince Albert's Great Exhibition," 4 Mar. 2019

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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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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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