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- IPA(key): /dɪsˈmæntəl/
- (UK) IPA(key): [dɪsˈmæntʰəɫ]
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (Cockney) IPA(key): [dɪsˈmænʔəɫ]
- (US) IPA(key): [dɪsˈmæ̃nɾɫ̩], [dɪsˈmæ̃nɫ̩]
- Rhymes: -æntəl
- (transitive, originally) To divest, strip of dress or covering.
- c. 1603–1606, [William Shakespeare], […] His True Chronicle Historie of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters. […] (First Quarto), London: […] Nathaniel Butter, […], published 1608, OCLC 54196469, [Act I, scene i]:
- This is most ſtrange, that ſhe, who even but now / Was your beſt object, the argument of your praiſe, / Balme of your age, moſt beſt, moſt deereſt, / Should in this trice of time commit a thing / So monſtrous, to diſmantell ſo many foulds of fauour, […]
- (transitive) To remove fittings or furnishings from.
- (transitive) To take apart; to disassemble; to take to pieces.
- 2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, in 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. […]
remove fittings or furnishings
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967