disassemble

[ 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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. disarmingly,
  2. disarrange,
  3. disarray,
  4. disarticulate,
  5. disarticulation,
  6. disassembler,
  7. disassociate,
  8. disassortative mating,
  9. disaster,
  10. disaster area

Origin of disassemble

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

Related formsdis·as·sem·bly, noun

Can be confuseddisassemble dissemble

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British Dictionary definitions for disassemble

disassemble

/ (ˌdɪsəˈsɛmbəl) /

verb

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

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Word Origin and History for disassemble

disassemble

v.

1610s, "to disperse;" see dis- + assemble. Meaning "to take apart" is from 1922. Related: Disassembled; disassembling; disassembly.

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