dismantle dismantle  /dɪs ˈmæn təl/


  1. (v) tear down so as to make flat with the ground
  2. (v) take apart into its constituent pieces
  3. (v) take off or remove


  1. Neither was the guy ripping through chains embedded in his flesh to dismantle a ticking bomb in front of him.
  2. Falwell opposes apartheid, but professed faith that Botha will dismantle the system eventually, if only everyone is patient.
  3. The personal diplomacy worked, and an announcement was made on December 19 that Gaddafi had agreed to dismantle his weapons.


  1. Teen's memorial can return [Updated]

    Management property official says the order to dismantle did not come from the company or association board. The chief executive of a property management company for several residences near the site where a Costa Mesa teen crashed his car, leading to fatal injuries, has personally apologized to the teen's family after they were forced to remove a memorial built for him.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Daily Pilot

  2. Obamacare produces savings for insurance customers

    Republicans remain hellbent to dismantle Obamacare . Can they do it before the obvious benefits pile so high that, like Medicare, people forget what the fight was all about? Some examples already in place: Insurance for pre-existing conditions. Insurance for older kids. Expanded health coverage for poor people. Limits on profiteering by insurance companies. About that last, Politico notes that ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Arkansas Times

  3. McConnell: Obama administration marked by 'culture of intimidation'

    (CNN) - The Obama administration is eager to defend progressive efforts to dismantle conservative causes, and it stands ready to "shut up anybody who challenges it," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday in a hard-hitting speech. Using the recent Internal Revenue Service controversy to back up his claim, McConnell accused the Obama administration of […]
    on June 21, 2013     Source: CNN Political Ticker


  1. "General Petraeus is a pivotal part of our effort to succeed in Afghanistan - and in our broader effort to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda - and he has my full confidence," Obama noted.
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

  2. Mr Kim said: "We made it clear, we showed clear willingness to declare and dismantle all nuclear facilities."
    on Sep 2, 2007 By: Kim Kye Gwan Source: BBC News

  3. "Israel has to work towards a two-state solution," Biden said in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington. "You're not going to like my saying this, but do not build more settlements. Dismantle existing...
    on May 5, 2009 By: Joe Biden Source: Bloomberg

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