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 Shawna and Theo dismantle electronics and sell their internal parts to make extra money. Washington Post, "A flood of federal aid often fails to reach America’s poorest families," 15 Apr. 2021 Over two decades, the American mission evolved from hunting terrorists to helping the government build the institutions of a functioning government, dismantle the Taliban and empower women. New York Times, "Afghans Wonder ‘What About Us?’ as U.S. Troops Prepare to Withdraw," 14 Apr. 2021 The Biden administration has resisted calls from progressive wings to disband or dismantle Homeland Security, Border Patrol and ICE, and instead pledged better training and oversight for agents and officers. Los Angeles Times, "Biden begins to fill out hollowed Homeland Security department — but no ICE pick," 12 Apr. 2021 In other words, after striking down key parts of the VRA eight years ago, the Supreme Court will now have the opportunity to dismantle what remains of the landmark voting rights law—or affirm its last forceful provision. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "The Supreme Court Will Hear a Case That Could Weaken What's Left of the Voting Rights Act," 1 Mar. 2021 That would dismantle a lopsided Democratic majority on the court by creating judicial districts in more conservative rural reaches. Michael Wines, BostonGlobe.com, "In statehouses, stolen-election myth fuels a GOP drive to rewrite rules," 27 Feb. 2021 California plans to dismantle its Division of Juvenile Justice, after years of scandal and mistreatment of young offenders, and will close remaining juvenile prisons in July 2023. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County Supervisors explore juvenile justice reforms," 23 Feb. 2021 These individuals worked to further conspiracy theories in an effort to erode public trust in government and dismantle our systems of democracy. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan AG Dana Nessel using Sidney Powell's words against her in pursuit of sanctions," 7 Apr. 2021 Geier is known for a landmark lawsuit that sought to dismantle inequities in the state's higher education system, the news release said. Amir Vera And Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "University of Tennessee, Knoxville, renames 2 dorms for Black civil rights leaders," 25 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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5 May 2021

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“Dismantle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismantle. Accessed 14 May. 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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