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.
Dismantled the house before knocking it down.
Origin of dismantle
- 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 mantle)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French desmanteler, itself from des- (“dis-”), mantel (“coat”) + -er (verbal suffix).