dismantle

verb
dis·​man·​tle | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈman-tᵊl How to pronounce dismantle (audio) \
dismantled; dismantling\ (ˌ)dis-​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 \ (ˌ)dis-​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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Plenty of signs foreshadow this would-be dynasty being slowly dismantled, even if the Cubs make the playoffs. Matt Martell, SI.com, "NL Wild-Card Reset: Can the Mets Pull Off a Minor Miracle?," 16 Sep. 2019 Katumbi believes that the country has been dismantled by venal politicians. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "A Top Leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Political Opposition Returns," 12 Sep. 2019 Although activists weren’t happy with all the decisions the Legislature made this year to implement the law, the strong winning margin discouraged any attempt to dismantle it. oregonlive, "How Travis Maurer went from Missouri pot bust to masterminding Oregon’s marijuana initiative," 29 Aug. 2019 That tower was dismantled and is no longer standing. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These Wisconsin fire towers are still standing on public land, and you can climb at least one," 29 Aug. 2019 The fate of the law, however, faces legal jeopardy as the Trump administration wages a legal battle to dismantle it in the courts. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Biden calls health care a "personal" fight in new Iowa ad," 27 Aug. 2019 Their job—now and in the coming decade—is, in a supple, clever and concerted way, to save the free-market system from those who would dismantle it. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Republicans Need to Save Capitalism," 14 Feb. 2019 On July 23, satellite imagery showed Pyongyang was dismantling a missile site. Alex Ward, Vox, "Exclusive: Pompeo told North Korea to cut its nuclear arsenal by 60 to 70 percent," 8 Aug. 2018 That same year, similar statues in New Orleans had to be dismantled in the middle of the night. Scott Mclean, CNN, "Property owners in Denver neighborhood vote to keep its controversial name," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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