- IPA(key): /dɪsˈmæntəl/
- (UK) IPA(key): [dɪsˈmæntʰəɫ]
- (Cockney) IPA(key): [dɪsˈmænʔəɫ]
- (US) IPA(key): [dɪsˈmæ̃nɾɫ̩], [dɪsˈmæ̃nɫ̩]
- Rhymes: -æntəl
- (transitive, originally) To divest, strip of dress or covering.
- (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
- “dismantle” in Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary: Based on Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, 7th edition, Springfield, Mass.: G[eorge] & C[harles] Merriam, 1963 (1967 printing), OCLC 974117641.