Definition of dismantle
dismantlingplay \-ˈmant-liŋ, -ˈman-təl-\
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>
dismantlementplay \-ˈman-təl-mənt\ 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.
Origin and Etymology of dismantle
Medieval French desmanteler, from des- dis- + mantel mantle
First Known Use: 1579
DISMANTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dismantle for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of dismantle for Students
1 : to take completely apart (as for storing or repair)
2 : to strip of furniture or equipment
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