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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Tahilramani was cross-examined for over two hours on Wednesday afternoon, in an at-times heated and melodramatic exchange as the lawyer attempted to dismantle Tahilramani’s credibility. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 21 Sep. 2022 Israel says the arrest raids are meant to dismantle militant networks that have embedded themselves. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2022 To some extent, legislators who follow him and repeat his lies are just as guilty of trying to dismantle our system of government. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 Gorbachev never set out to dismantle the Soviet system. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 Gorbachev never set out to dismantle the Soviet system. Jim Heintz, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2022 Gorbachev never set out to dismantle the Soviet system. Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 It is often forgotten now that his goal wasn't necessarily to dismantle the communist Soviet Union. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 30 Aug. 2022 Gorbachev never set out to dismantle the Soviet system. Jim Heintz, ajc, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismantle. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for dismantle


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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