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Meaning of “dismantle” in the English Dictionary

"dismantle" in British English

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dismantleverb

uk   /dɪˈsmæn.tl̩/  us   /-t̬l̩/
[I or T] to take a ​machineapart or to come ​apart into ​separatepieces: She dismantled the ​washingmachine to ​see what the ​problem was, but couldn't put it back together again. The good thing about the ​bike is that it dismantles if you ​want to put it in the back of the ​car. [T] to get ​rid of a ​system or ​organization, usually over a ​period of ​time: Over the next three ​years, we will be ​gradually dismantling the ​company and ​selling off the ​profitableunits. Unions ​accuse the ​government of dismantling the National Health Service.
(Definition of dismantle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dismantleverb [T]

 us   /dɪsˈmænt·əl/
to take a ​machine or something ​complicatedapart, usually to make it ​unable to ​work: The ​governmentvoted to dismantle ​itsnuclearwarheads. They ​worried that dismantling the ​welfarestate would ​increasepoverty.
(Definition of dismantle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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