dis·​man·​tle | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈman-tᵊl How to pronounce dismantle (audio) \
dismantled; dismantling\ (ˌ)dis-​ˈmant-​liŋ How to pronounce dismantle (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 \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈman-​tᵊl-​mənt How to pronounce dismantle (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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Recent Examples on the Web Newton worked on a slave trade ship in the 1700s, but through a series of events realized the evil of the trade and became an ordained minister and worked to dismantle slavery in England. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Tennessee is hoping to make Dolly Parton's 'Amazing Grace' an official state song," 2 Mar. 2021 By the time that Fidesz returned to power, government institutions were widely viewed as illegitimate—and therefore easy to corrupt or dismantle. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Strategy for Returning to Power Is Already Clear," 2 Mar. 2021 In 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement reached only three years prior and under which Iran agreed to dismantle parts of its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, "Iran Rejects Offer To Hold Nuclear Talks With U.S. And EU," 28 Feb. 2021 One idea to dismantle the cycle of inequalities would be to include job training in prisons and jails, so as to prepare inmates for getting a job once they've been released. Sonia Kharbanda, Star Tribune, "Criminal justice reform student contest: Second place, middle school," 27 Feb. 2021 Three fire engines, a ladder truck and machinery owned by the business were used to dismantle a 200-square-foot pile of flaming scrap metal which towered about 50 feet tall and contain the blaze. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "Firefighters battle stubborn blaze at Waterbury recycling business; DEEP called in to contain petroleum in Naugatuck River," 25 Feb. 2021 The book’s attention to cultural diversity and complex identity within Black religion helps dismantle the oversimplification that the Black Church tradition is monolithic and monochromatic. Washington Post, "The story of the Black church, from the spiritual to the political to the personal," 25 Feb. 2021 Finally, on the morning of October 28, after the United States secretly offered to remove its nuclear missile bases in Turkey and Italy, Khrushchev agreed to dismantle the missile sites in Cuba. Susan Seubert, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Once-Classified Tale of Juanita Moody," 24 Feb. 2021 Certainly, the dispute has escalated over three years from a zoning matter into something more combustible, as Mr. Banyai resisted the town’s demands to dismantle his weapons training facility, Slate Ridge. New York Times, "A Bristling Standoff Rattles Gun-Friendly Vermont," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of dismantle was in 1579

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6 Mar 2021

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“Dismantle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismantle. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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