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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 (date written), [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, [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