dismantle

verb
dis·​man·​tle | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈman-tᵊl How to pronounce dismantle (audio) \
dismantled; dismantling\ -​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 \ -​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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This column continues to doubt that President Trump can persuade North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to dismantle his nuclear weapons program, but remains eager to be proven wrong. James Freeman, WSJ, "What Does Kim Want?," 28 Feb. 2019 One of his goals: A declaration of specific steps North Korea can take to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump thinks things are 'going well' with North Korea - others are skeptical," 3 July 2018 In a sign of the progressive political times, Wisconsin’s new Governor wants to dismantle this success. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Wisconsin’s School Monopolist," 7 Mar. 2019 Following the Great Exhibition, the structure was dismantled and rebuilt in south east London, where it was reopened in June of 1854 as a popular attraction. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The True Story of Prince Albert's Great Exhibition," 4 Mar. 2019 Rosie: We might kind of be stuck in the military because of health issues and the GOP trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Three Kids and a Health Crisis on One Paycheck," 21 Feb. 2019 The impasse between North Korea and the United States, with neither side seemingly willing to make any substantive move, has generated widespread skepticism over Trump's claims that Kim is intent on dismantling his nuclear weapons program. Fox News, "North's media say Kim vows nuclear-free Korea amid standoff," 6 Sep. 2018 Europe has led the wider fight over the right to privacy and the regulation of data, but the time is right for the United States to lead on dismantling tech monopolies — starting with the most powerful player. The Editorial Board, BostonGlobe.com, "The case for breaking up Google," 14 June 2018 North Korea is expected to dismantle its Punggye-ri nuclear test site over the next few days in a move toward denuclearization. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "North Korean official calls Mike Pence 'stupid' as Trump-Kim summit remains in doubt," 24 May 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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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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