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 Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody in May sparked a rallying cry from thousands of protesters, politicians and community leaders across the country to defund or dismantle police departments. Talia Kaplan, Fox News, "Pennsylvania sheriff leaves Dems, switches to GOP due to party's 'socialist agenda'," 15 Dec. 2020 In June, days after Floyd’s killing, a majority of the city council promised to defund and dismantle the department and replace it with a new agency focused on a mix of public safety and violence prevention. Holly Bailey, Washington Post, "Minneapolis City Council votes to cut millions from police budget amid record crime rates," 10 Dec. 2020 In June, a city council majority vowed to defund and dismantle the department and replace it with a new agency focused on a mix of public safety and violence prevention - a move that could go before voters in 2021. Holly Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, "Minneapolis violence surges as police officers leave department in droves," 13 Nov. 2020 Abbott also has suggested freezing property taxes of cities that defund or dismantle their police departments. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas Council majority says $7 million in police overtime cuts will go back into public safety," 23 Sep. 2020 In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police, calls to defund and dismantle law enforcement swept the country. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: 'Sharia patrol force' won't roam Minneapolis if police force is dismantled," 26 Aug. 2020 In the wake of Floyd's death, there have been calls to defund and dismantle the police. NBC News, "Minneapolis police chief withdraws from union contract negotiations," 10 June 2020 On Sunday, 9 out of 13 Minneapolis City Council members voted to defund - and dismantle - the city's police department. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Bigger protests, fewer arrests," 8 June 2020 Modi's new laws dismantle the committee structure, allowing farmers to sell their goods to anyone for any price. Julia Hollingsworth, Swati Gupta And Esha Mitra, CNN, "Tens of thousands of farmers swarm India's capital to protest deregulation rules," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dismantle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismantle. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce dismantle (audio)

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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