Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- 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
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967