dis·​man·​tle (ˌ)dis-ˈman-tᵊl How to pronounce dismantle (audio)
dismantled; dismantling (ˌ)dis-ˈmant-liŋ How to pronounce dismantle (audio)

transitive verb

: 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.
: to strip of dress or covering : divest
: to strip of furniture and equipment
dismantled the ship before scrapping it
dismantlement 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dismantle was in 1579

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“Dismantle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismantle. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​man·​tle (ˈ)dis-ˈmant-ᵊl How to pronounce dismantle (audio)
dismantled; dismantling -ˈmant-liŋ How to pronounce dismantle (audio)
: to take to pieces : take apart
dismantled the engine to repair it
: to strip of furniture and equipment
dismantle an office
dismantlement noun

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