verb (used with object), dis·man·tled, dis·man·tling.

to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defenses, etc.: to dismantle a ship; to dismantle a fortress.
to disassemble or pull down; take apart: They dismantled the machine and shipped it in pieces.
to divest of dress, covering, etc.: The wind dismantled the trees of their leaves.

Nearby words

  1. disloyalty,
  2. dismal,
  3. dismal science,
  4. dismal swamp,
  5. dismally,
  6. dismast,
  7. dismay,
  8. disme,
  9. dismember,
  10. dismemberment

Origin of dismantle

From the Middle French word desmanteler, dating back to 1570–80. See dis-1, mantle

Related formsdis·man·tle·ment, noundis·man·tler, nounun·dis·man·tled, adjective

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verb (tr)

to take apart
to demolish or raze
to strip of covering
Derived Formsdismantlement, noundismantler, noun

Word Origin for dismantle

C17: from Old French desmanteler to remove a cloak from; see mantle

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Word Origin and History for dismantle



1570s, from Middle French desmanteler "to tear down the walls of a fortress," literally "strip of a cloak," from des- "off, away" (see dis-) + manteler "to cloak" (see mantle). Related: Dismantled; dismantling.

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