Definition of dismantle in US English:



[with object]
  • Take (a machine or structure) to pieces.

    ‘the engines were dismantled and the bits piled into a heap’
    figurative ‘the old regime was dismantled’
    • ‘Ireland had set about dismantling England's ambitious plans with such zeal that to fall at the final fence was unthinkable.’
    • ‘By dismantling shabby sheds and old lanes, the residents can move to much better houses.’
    • ‘They set about dismantling the old whaling station and raised the Argentine flag.’
    • ‘Instead of discovering the profound truths of human reality, deconstruction dismantles them and reveals them to be illusions.’
    • ‘City officials originally requested that owners of these establishments voluntarily dismantle the offending structures.’
    • ‘Alan Mackay then got to his feet and spoke for 40 minutes, dismantling the prosecution's position.’
    • ‘The Scottish Parliament is already in the process of dismantling our antiquated feudal system of land laws.’
    • ‘So, yesterday, Graham tackled the job of dismantling the frame, pulling out the old mount, and putting a new one in its place.’
    • ‘Imagine dismantling an expensive film set that has not come out to the expectations of the art director.’
    • ‘He then talks about dismantling settlements, something settlers are happy to do if it is in return for peace.’
    • ‘The old scoreboard was dismantled recently and will be replaced by a new electronic one in the next few weeks.’
    • ‘Residents only knew of plans for this when we asked workmen who were dismantling the old and vandalised pieces of play equipment.’
    • ‘To dismantle the alarm box and break through these very solid security doors will have taken a lot of time, effort and skill.’
    • ‘The scale, which can be dismantled, is leveled with the floor of the building.’
    • ‘He kicked off his first term with demands to make cut-backs and set about dismantling the old regime.’
    • ‘The chimney, built in the late 1800s, was due to be demolished by dismantling it brick by brick.’
    • ‘It is likely the tower will be dismantled piece by piece using a large crane and a scaffold to support the remaining structure.’
    • ‘It emphasises that the old corroboration regime has been dismantled.’
    • ‘They announced the intention of dismantling the state rationing system?’
    • ‘The regime has been dismantling land reforms brought in during the 1950s and 1960s.’
    take apart, take to pieces, take to bits, pull apart, pull to pieces, deconstruct, disassemble, break up, strip, strip down
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘destroy the defensive capability of a fortification’): from Old French desmanteler, from des- (expressing reversal) + manteler ‘fortify’ (from Latin mantellum ‘cloak’).