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[dis-man-tl] /dɪsˈmæn tl/
verb (used with object), dismantled, dismantling.
to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defenses, etc.:
to dismantle a ship; to dismantle a fortress.
to disassemble or pull down; take apart:
They dismantled the machine and shipped it in pieces.
to divest of dress, covering, etc.:
The wind dismantled the trees of their leaves.
Origin of dismantle
1570-80; < Middle French desmanteler. See dis-1, mantle
Related forms
dismantlement, noun
dismantler, noun
undismantled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Many of them decided that they had a mandate to dismantle some of the basic protections and restrictions of government.
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  • However, the proper use of privilege is to dismantle injustice and expand opportunity.
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  • He was the only one who seemed able to guarantee that he wouldn't dismantle it.
  • Don't let business flunkies dismantle exemplar programs for dollars at the expense of academics.
British Dictionary definitions for dismantle


verb (transitive)
to take apart
to demolish or raze
to strip of covering
Derived Forms
dismantlement, noun
dismantler, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French desmanteler to remove a cloak from; see mantle
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Word Origin and History for dismantle

1570s, from Middle French desmanteler "to tear down the walls of a fortress," literally "strip of a cloak," from des- "off, away" (see dis-) + manteler "to cloak" (see mantle). Related: Dismantled; dismantling.

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