Definition of dismantle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dismantle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmæntl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmæntl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dismantle
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmæntl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmæntl//
     
    he / she / it dismantles
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmæntlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmæntlz//
     
    past simple dismantled
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmæntld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmæntld//
     
    past participle dismantled
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmæntld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmæntld//
     
    -ing form dismantling
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmæntlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmæntlɪŋ//
     
     
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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 a system gradually in an organized way The government was in the process of dismantling the state-owned industries.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘destroy the defensive capability of a fortification’): from Old French desmanteler, from des- (expressing reversal) + manteler ‘fortify’ (from Latin mantellum ‘cloak’).
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