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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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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So Trump still has some time to dismantle Obama’s legacy here, too. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Americans were asked to name the best president of their lifetime, and Obama won," 11 July 2018 National-security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said a year should be sufficient to dismantle much of Pyongyang’s nuclear, chemical, biological and ballistic-missile programs. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Pompeo Heads Back to North Korea," 6 July 2018 The move comes at a moment when conservatives see an opportunity to dismantle affirmative action. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump to scrap Obama-era affirmative action guidelines," 3 July 2018 In the coming weeks, crews will start to dismantle at least half of the bleachers at Dillon Stadium, the historic South End arena that once hosted The Grateful Dead and professional sports matches. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Demolition To Begin On Derelict Dillon Stadium," 22 June 2018 But the requirement to dismantle the housing didn't come from his agency, Campbell said. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Rocket launches and alleged government waste: The hidden backstory of that Glenn Highway crash," 20 June 2018 The second came with the election of a successor who pledged to dismantle everything Obama had stood for. George Packer, The New Yorker, "Witnessing the Obama Presidency, from Start to Finish," 5 June 2018 Tyler Barriss, 25, allegedly threatened the FCC ahead of its controversial vote to dismantle net neutrality rules. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Swatter indicted in Kansas gamer’s death also accused of net neutrality vote bomb threat," 24 May 2018 Here’s a look at the DACA program and why the Trump administration wants to dismantle it. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "What is DACA and what does the Trump administration want to do with it?," 19 June 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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