dismantle

verb
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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Before the quadriceps injury that dismantled his season, Cousins had scoring nights of 24, 21, 25, 27, 28, 21 and 21 points over a six-week stretch. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The Warriors’ season crashed, but it was one to remember," 15 June 2019 If the law were to be declared invalid, the court argued, dismantling the registry would threaten public safety until the Legislature found a suitable replacement. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Law allowing no exceptions to sex offender registration is unconstitutional, Alaska Supreme Court rules," 15 June 2019 The newspaper said that the Dominican National Police in 2017 dismantled five labs used for the manufacture of alcohol not safe for human consumption. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Son of tourist who died Monday at Dominican resort says he's being pressured to allow cremating or embalming before body's return to US," 15 June 2019 King said the shortfall was caused in part because of a $5 million cut to the JAC in the current budget, combined with an increased caseload due to the fallout from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dismantled how Florida handled death penalty cases. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Shortfall leaves attorneys, court reporters in lurch as DeSantis ponders budget," 13 June 2019 These include Jimmie and Mont’s friend Kofi (an excellent Jamal Trulove), one of many individuals who subtly dismantle whatever assumptions the audience may harbor about black masculinity. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 13 June 2019 These include Jimmie and Mont’s friend Kofi (an excellent Jamal Trulove), one of many individuals who subtly dismantle whatever assumptions the audience may harbor about black masculinity. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 4 June 2019 Smith and four other blacks enrolled at Salesianum in 1950, four years before the Brown v. Board of Education case that dismantled school segregation. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019 Perhaps Audre Lorde was correct that the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house: identity politics from the left may well prove an insufficient weapon against identity politics from the right. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 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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More Definitions for dismantle

dismantle

verb

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

dismantle

verb
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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