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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In one of the film’s early chase sequences, a young revolutionary named Hester (Hera Hilmar) is pursued through one of these smaller cities as it’s dismantled around her. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "How Weta Digital created the steampunk world of Mortal Engines," 21 Dec. 2018 And not just because a wrongdoer has finally been caught, but because apparently entrenched hierarchies are being dismantled. Tiffany Watt Smith, SELF, "Why I Stopped Feeling Bad About Feeling Schadenfreude," 29 Nov. 2018 Though the runways were just dismantled for the season, Prada isn’t saying lights out on style just yet. Vogue, "Prada and Vogue Host a Stylish Party to Celebrate the Italian Brand’s Lights Out Collection," 5 Oct. 2018 The mixed messaging inside the Trump administration has been taken as an indication that the United States may be backing off its original demand that North Korea completely dismantle its nuclear program before receiving any sanctions relief. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Pompeo travels to North Korea at critical juncture in nuclear talks," 5 July 2018 Talking to her white friends, many of whom see therapists, inspired Henson to get involved in the cause of dismantling that stigma. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Taraji P. Henson Talks Mental Health 'Taboo' In Black Community," 24 Sep. 2018 Secondly, the tower has to be dismantled without collapsing. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 The Dodgers showcased the full scope of their remarkable depth in dismantling the Brewers on Saturday. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Advance to Face Boston Red Sox in World Series," 21 Oct. 2018 Opposition from the country’s powerful armed forces could limit how far Kim is willing to go in dismantling his nuclear arsenal. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "Kim Jong Un's firing of top military leaders could mean armed forces not happy about N. Korea denuclearization," 4 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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