Dismantle Definition

dismantled, dismantles, dismantling
dismantled, dismantles, dismantling
To take apart; disassemble.
Webster's New World
To put an end to in a gradual systematic way.
Dismantling the cumbersome regulations for interstate trucking.
American Heritage
To strip (a house, ship, etc.) of furniture, equipment, means of defense, etc.
Webster's New World
To strip of covering.
Webster's New World
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.

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).

    From Wiktionary

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