[ dis-mem-ber ]
/ dɪsˈmɛm bər /
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See synonyms for: dismember / dismembered / dismemberment on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object)

to deprive of limbs; divide limb from limb: The ogre dismembered his victims before he ate them.
to divide into parts; cut to pieces; mutilate.
to reduce, reorganize, or discontinue the services or parts of (a company, government agency, etc.): Our business was dismembered by the conglomerate that bought it.



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Origin of dismember

1250–1300; Middle English dismembren<Anglo-French, Old French desmembrer, equivalent to des-dis-1 + -membrer, verbal derivative of membremember
dis·mem·ber·er, noundis·mem·ber·ment, nounnon·dis·mem·ber·ment, noun
disembodied, disemboweled, dismembered
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British Dictionary definitions for dismember

/ (dɪsˈmɛmbə) /

verb (tr)

to remove the limbs or members of
to cut to pieces
to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)
dismemberer, noundismemberment, noun
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Medical definitions for dismember

[ dĭs-mĕmbər ]


To amputate a limb or a part of a limb.
dis•member•ment n.
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