dismantle

Meaning(s)

1. to take a machine or structure apart

Popularity

Medium

Professional

Medium

Social

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dismantle a car/engine/machine

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 The verb 'to dismantle' means to take something apart. You can dismantle machinery or structures in order to repair them or to reuse parts. This is a formal way of saying 'take apart', 'to breakdown' or 'pull apart'. The prefix 'dis' means 'apart' 'asunder' and 'away' however, although the prefix 'dis' is used 'mantle' refers to a cloak or a layer of the earth and does not mean 'to put together'. This verb is more often used in formal or professional contexts.

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  1. The mechanic dismantled the engine and removed the faulty pistons.
  2. I recommend that you dismantle the printing machine and sell it for parts.

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  1. Part of the restructuring will involve dismantling some of the less productive departments.
  2. I have a few statistics which I think will serve to dismantle your argument.

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