What does dismantle mean?

Definitions for dismantle
dɪsˈmæn tldis·man·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. level, raze, rase, dismantle, tear down, take down, pull downverb

    tear down so as to make flat with the ground

    "The building was levelled"

  2. disassemble, dismantle, take apart, break up, break apartverb

    take apart into its constituent pieces

  3. strip, dismantleverb

    take off or remove

    "strip a wall of its wallpaper"


  1. dismantleverb

    To divest, strip of dress or covering

  2. dismantleverb

    To remove fittings or furnishings from

  3. dismantleverb

    To take apart; to disassemble; to take to pieces

  4. Etymology: From desmanteler, itself from des-, mantel + -er (verbal suffix).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Dismantleverb

    Etymology: dis and mantle.

    He that makes his prince despised and undervalued, and beats him out of his subjects hearts, may easily strip him of his other garrisons, having already dispossessed him of his strongest, by dismantling him of his honour, and seising his reputation. Robert South, Sermons.

    This is most strange!
    That she, who ev’n but now was your best object,
    Dearest and best, should in this trice of time
    Commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle
    So many folds of favour. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    It is not sufficient to possess our own fort, without the dismantling and demolishing of our enemies. George Hakewill, on Provid.

    His eyeballs, rooted out, are thrown to ground;
    His nose dismantled, in his mouth is found;
    His jaws, cheeks, front, one undistinguish’d wound. Dry.


  1. dismantle

    Dismantle means to take apart, disassemble or break down into separate pieces, often in a careful and systematic manner. This could be a structure, system or an organization. It can also refer to the act of ending or terminating something gradually over a period of time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dismantleverb

    to strip or deprive of dress; to divest

  2. Dismantleverb

    to strip of furniture and equipments, guns, etc.; to unrig; to strip of walls or outworks; to break down; as, to dismantle a fort, a town, or a ship

  3. Dismantleverb

    to disable; to render useless

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dismantle

    dis-man′tl, v.t. to strip: to deprive of furniture, fittings, &c., so as to render useless: of a fortified town, to raze the fortifications. [O. Fr. desmantellerdes—L. dis, away, manteler, mantel, a mantle.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dismantle

    To render fortifications incapable of defense, or cannon unserviceable.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dismantle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dismantle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of dismantle in a Sentence

  1. Ricardo Lara:

    There's no doubt that Trump's election and what Republicans are doing to dismantle health care has really given us an opportunity to have an honest dialogue about how we get to health for all, i don't think we would have had the same opportunity if Clinton would have won. Then again, we also wouldn't be in a place where we're going to lose billions of (Medicaid) dollars for California.

  2. Ilhan Omar:

    We need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Because here’s the thing, there’s a cancer.

  3. Christian Hartmann:

    The book is not only a historical source, it's a symbol, and we wanted to dismantle that symbol once and for all.

  4. Daniel Pinkston:

    It's all OK making broad statements and giving blessings, but at some point negotiators would have to agree on details like how to complete an inventory of North Korea's nuclear program and then how to secure and dismantle it, if you fail to do that you risk repeating the mistakes of the past.

  5. John Bolton:

    We have developed a program. I am sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their( weapons of mass destruction) and ballistic missile programs in a year.

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Translations for dismantle

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تفكيكArabic
  • разоборудвам, оголвам, разглобявам, събличамBulgarian
  • auseinander nehmen, abwracken, demontierenGerman
  • απογυμνώGreek
  • desmantelarSpanish
  • purkaa, riisua, hajottaaFinnish
  • démanteler, démonterFrench
  • לפרקHebrew
  • szétszedHungarian
  • smontareItalian
  • 脱ぐ, 分解Japanese
  • afbreken, ontmantelen, demonteren, uitkledenDutch
  • demontereNorwegian
  • rozłożyć, rozmontować, rozkładać, rozebrać, rozbieraćPolish
  • desmanchar, desfazer, desmantelar, desmontar, destruirPortuguese
  • раздеть, разбирать, разобрать, раздевать, демонтироватьRussian
  • avkläda, avveckla, ta av, ta isär, demontera, klä av, nedmontera, isärtaga, avkragaSwedish

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    without the natural or usual covering
    A abhor
    B rumpus
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