1 (T) to take a machine or piece of equipment apart so that it is in separate pieces: Chris dismantled the bike in five minutes.
2 (T) to gradually get rid of a system or organization: an election promise to dismantle the existing tax legislation

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  • dismantle — index break (separate), destroy (void), disable, disjoint, disorganize, dissolve (separate) …   Law dictionary

  • dismantle — 1570s, from M.Fr. desmanteler to tear down the walls of a fortress, lit. strip of a cloak, from des off, away (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + manteler to cloak (see MANTLE (Cf. mantle)). Related: Dismantled; dismantling …   Etymology dictionary

  • dismantle — divest, *strip, denude, bare Contrasted words: *furnish, equip, outfit, appoint …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dismantle — [v] take apart annihilate, bankrupt, bare, break down, break up, decimate, demolish, denudate, denude, deprive, destroy, disassemble, dismember, dismount, disrobe, divest, fell, knock down, level, part out, pull down, raze, ruin, strike, strip,… …   New thesaurus

  • dismantle — ► VERB ▪ take to pieces. DERIVATIVES dismantlement noun dismantler noun. ORIGIN Old French desmanteler, from manteler fortify …   English terms dictionary

  • dismantle — [dis mant′ l] vt. dismantled, dismantling [OFr desmanteller, to take off one s cloak: see DIS & MANTLE] 1. to strip of covering 2. to strip (a house, ship, etc.) of furniture, equipment, means of defense, etc. 3. to take apart; disassemble SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • dismantle — UK [dɪsˈmænt(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms dismantle : present tense I/you/we/they dismantle he/she/it dismantles present participle dismantling past tense dismantled past participle dismantled 1) to separate the parts of something such… …   English dictionary

  • dismantle — /dɪsˈmæntl / (say dis mantl) verb (t) (dismantled, dismantling) 1. to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defences, etc.: to dismantle a ship; to dismantle a fortress. 2. to pull down; take apart; take to pieces: to dismantle the …  

  • dismantle — [[t]dɪ̱smæ̱nt(ə)l[/t]] dismantles, dismantling, dismantled 1) VERB If you dismantle a machine or structure, you carefully separate it into its different parts. [V n] He asked for immediate help from the United States to dismantle the warheads. 2) …   English dictionary

  • dismantle — dismantlement, n. dismantler, n. /dis man tl/, v.t., dismantled, dismantling. 1. to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defenses, etc.: to dismantle a ship; to dismantle a fortress. 2. to disassemble or pull down; take apart:… …   Universalium

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