dismantle

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From Middle French desmanteler, itself from des- (dis-), mantel (coat) + -er (verbal suffix).

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dismantle (third-person singular simple present dismantles, present participle dismantling, simple past and past participle dismantled)

  1. (transitive, originally) To divest, strip of dress or covering.
  2. (transitive) To remove fittings or furnishings from.
  3. (transitive) To take apart; to disassemble; to take to pieces.
    • 2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 23, page 19: 
      In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. The welfare state is dismantled. Essential public services are cut so that the rich may pay less tax. […]

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  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967