dismantle

verb dis·man·tle \ (ˌ)dis-ˈman-tᵊl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of dismantle

dismantled; dismantling play \-ˈmant-liŋ, -ˈman-tᵊl-\
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

dismantlement

play \-ˈman-tᵊl-mənt\ noun

Examples of dismantle in a Sentence

  1. The mechanic dismantled the engine to repair it.

  2. When will they dismantle the old bridge?

  3. The after-school program was dismantled due to lack of funding.

  4. He accuses them of trying to dismantle the country's legal system.

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Origin and Etymology of dismantle

Middle French desmanteler, from des- dis- + mantel mantle


DISMANTLE Defined for English Language Learners

dismantle

verb

Definition of dismantle for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

dismantle

verb dis·man·tle \ dis-ˈman-tᵊl \

Definition of dismantle for Students

dismantled; dismantling
1 :to take completely apart (as for storing or repair)
2 :to strip of furniture or equipment


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