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

     

    dismember

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmembə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmembər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dismember
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmembə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmembər//
     
    he / she / it dismembers
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmembəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmembərz//
     
    past simple dismembered
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmembəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmembərd//
     
    past participle dismembered
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmembəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmembərd//
     
    -ing form dismembering
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmembərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmembərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1dismember something to cut or tear the dead body of a person or an animal into pieces Police say the body had been dismembered.
  2. 2dismember something (formal) to divide a country, an organization, etc. into smaller parts The British railway network has gradually been dismembered.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French desmembrer, based on Latin dis- ‘apart’ + membrum ‘limb’.
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