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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Recent Examples on the Web Five of the seven board members voted in favor of dismantling the dog park that has divided the Maryland suburb for months. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "A controversial dog park that divided Chevy Chase will be dismantled," 9 Sep. 2019 Without Brown, the Patriots looked every bit like a team primed to make a run at another Lombardi Trophy in dismantling the Steelers. Kyle Hightower, The Denver Post, "Patriots look to integrate Antonio Brown into Patriots culture," 9 Sep. 2019 Erin’s sparse upbringing makes her uniquely capable of dismantling Crispian’s scheme. Lena Wilson, New York Times, "I Know Where You Lived Last Summer," 29 Aug. 2019 Environmentalists feared that this was a first step in dismantling the agency. Author: Ellen Knickmeyer, Brady Mccombs, Anchorage Daily News, "Opponent of nation’s public lands is picked to oversee them," 30 July 2019 Environmentalists feared that this was a first step in dismantling the agency. Ellen Knickmeyer And Brady Mccombs, chicagotribune.com, "Trump puts conservative advocate of selling off the nation’s public lands in charge of overseeing them," 30 July 2019 The Miami Hurricanes played their best game of the season in dismantling the Duke Blue Devils 63-35 in senior division action at the Cooper City High School gymnasium. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Hurricanes blow away Duke Blue Devils in senior division basketball," 18 July 2019 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

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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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of dismantle was in 1579

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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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