Meaning of “dismantle” in the English Dictionary

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"dismantle" in British English

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uk /dɪˈsmæn.təl/ us /dɪˈsmæn.t̬əl/

[ I or T ] to take a machine apart or to come apart into separate pieces:

She dismantled the washing machine 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 profitable units.
Unions accuse the government of dismantling the National Health Service.

(Definition of “dismantle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dismantle" in American English

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dismantleverb [ T ]

us /dɪsˈmænt·əl/

to take a machine or something complicated apart, usually to make it unable to work:

The government voted to dismantle its nuclear warheads.
They worried that dismantling the welfare state would increase poverty.

(Definition of “dismantle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)