- 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.
- 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. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘destroy the defensive capability of a fortification’): from Old French desmanteler, from des- (expressing reversal) + manteler
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//