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dismember

[ dis-mem-ber ]
/ dɪsˈmɛm bər /
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM dismember

dis·mem·ber·er, noundis·mem·ber·ment, nounnon·dis·mem·ber·ment, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dismember

disembodied, disemboweled, dismembered
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British Dictionary definitions for dismember

dismember
/ (dɪsˈmɛmbə) /

verb (tr)
to remove the limbs or members of
to cut to pieces
to divide or partition (something, such as an empire)

Derived forms of dismember

dismemberer, noundismemberment, noun
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