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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Campaigns for individual prisoners came to exist because ordinary citizens are unable to dismantle repressive regimes, whether in their own countries or abroad. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Release of Oleg Sentsov and the Plight of Those Left Behind," 10 Sep. 2019 Critics of the Trump administration have long complained that cutting enrollment support is another way to undercut the law known as Obamacare which the White House has vowed to dismantle.. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Houston community group gets $400K to help with ACA enrollment," 4 Sep. 2019 There’s no denying that the current administration and energy companies are working to dismantle much of the environmental regulation enacted over the past decades, which would be devastating for both the environment and rural workers. Steven C. Beda, Twin Cities, "Steven Beda: To save endangered species, environmentalists need to listen to their fiercest critics," 28 Aug. 2019 Across the country, a small but growing movement of attorneys who want to dismantle the policy prescriptions that underlie mass incarceration have started running for — and winning — elections to become district attorney. Seamus Kirst, Teen Vogue, "These Progressive Prosecutors Want to Reshape Justice in Major American Cities," 29 July 2019 Building bridges Those are the easier barriers to dismantle. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Excluding minorities from Alzheimer’s research is wrong—and it’s keeping us from finding a cure," 19 July 2019 The researchers and vets begin to dismantle Punctuation’s body. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 Deutsche Bank AG is taking steps to dismantle a pillar of its Wall Street investment bank. Jenny Strasburg And Telis Demos, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank Looks to Shed Big Chunk of Wall Street Presence," 2 July 2019 Sentiment to dismantle Big Tech is unfolding against a backdrop of trade weaponization by the Trump administration, which views high-end technology in a national security context. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: Anti-trust action against Big Tech recalls moves against Rockefeller, Carnegie a century ago," 21 June 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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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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