dis·​man·​tle | \(ˌ)dis-ˈman-tᵊl \
dismantled; dismantling\ -​ˈmant-​liŋ , -​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 \ -​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.
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Since his election last fall, Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s district attorney, has been working to dismantle the prosecutorial practices that gave the city the highest incarceration rate of any major metropolitan area nationwide. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, "Power of the Prosecutor," 24 May 2018 In events abroad and in the US, Obama has dutifully avoided direct criticism of Trump, even as the current President works to dismantle elements of his legacy. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Obama to deliver Mandela event speech in latest contrast with Trump," 23 Apr. 2018 Those Hoosiers crashed quickly out of the NCAA tournament in two games, before being dismantled by the draft. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "After years of struggle, IU transforms itself into a baseball powerhouse," 8 Apr. 2018 Limited-Government Star Pruitt has emerged as the limited-government star of the Cabinet, methodically working to dismantle environmental restrictions. Bloomberg.com, "Army of Conservative Allies Rallying to Save Embattled EPA Chief," 5 Apr. 2018 Thanks to the efforts of King and other Civil Rights leaders, Jim Crow laws in the South had been mostly dismantled by 1968, but black Americans still faced many obstacles. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Samuel L. Jackson shares how Martin Luther King Jr.'s death led him to activism," 3 Apr. 2018 The fire is so deep-seated that the trailer will have to be cut up and the bales will be dismantled by hand, Waldron said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Cargo 'like a burning onion' in big rig fire on North Loop," 12 July 2018 His skill was on display this past season as the Wolverines reached the NCAA title game before being dismantled by the powerful Villanova Wildcats. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan's Moritz Wagner might be perfect fit for Lakers, LeBron James," 12 July 2018 Francisco Ferrándiz, a social anthropologist with the Spanish National Research Council who served on the commission, believes that dismantling its fascist symbolism is impossible. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018

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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 \
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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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