[ dis-uh-sem-buh l ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈsɛm bəl /

verb (used with object), dis·as·sem·bled, dis·as·sem·bling.

to take apart.

verb (used without object), dis·as·sem·bled, dis·as·sem·bling.

to come apart: These shelves disassemble quickly for easy moving.


Origin of disassemble

First recorded in 1605–15; dis-1 + assemble

Related forms

dis·as·sem·bly, noun

Can be confused

disassemble dissemble
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British Dictionary definitions for disassemble


/ (ˌdɪsəˈsɛmbəl) /


(tr) to take apart (a piece of machinery, etc); dismantle

Derived Forms

disassembly, noun
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