- Dismantle is defined as to take apart or take to pieces.
When you take apart a Lego castle so all you have left is individual Legos, this is an example of when you dismantle the castle.
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transitive verb dis·man·tled, dis·man·tling, dis·man·tles
- a. To take apart; disassemble; tear down.b. To put an end to in a gradual systematic way: dismantling the cumbersome regulations for interstate trucking.
- To strip of furnishings or equipment: dismantled the house before knocking it down.
- To strip of covering or clothing.
Origin: Obsolete French desmanteler, to raze fortifications round a town, from Old French : des-, dis- + (em)manteler, to cover with a coat, shelter (ultimately from mantel, cloak; see mantle).
- dis·manˈtle·ment noun