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Definition of dismantle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dismantle
    he / she / it dismantles
    past simple dismantled
    -ing form dismantling
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  1. 1dismantle something to take apart a machine or structure so that it is in separate pieces I had to dismantle the engine in order to repair it. The steel mill was dismantled piece by piece.
  2. 2dismantle something to end an organization or system gradually in an organized way The government was in the process of dismantling the state-owned industries.
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noun [uncountable]
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