AskDefine | Define dismantle

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1 tear down so as to make flat with the ground; "The building was levelled" [syn: level, raze, rase, tear down, take down, pull down] [ant: raise]
2 take apart into its constituent pieces [syn: disassemble, take apart, break up, break apart] [ant: assemble]
3 take off or remove; "strip a wall of its wallpaper" [syn: strip]

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GRE word


From desmanteler, itself from des- 'dis-' + mantel 'mantle, garment'


  1. (original sense) to divest, strip of dress or covering
  2. to remove fittings or furnishings from
  3. to take apart; to disassemble; to take to pieces


remove fittings or furnishings
take apart


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

annihilate, atomize, bankrupt, bare, break to pieces, cleave, decimate, demolish, denudate, denude, deprive, disarray, disassemble, disintegrate, dismember, dismount, disrobe, divest, do a strip-tease, fragment, lift, make mincemeat of, pick to pieces, pull in pieces, pull to pieces, pulverize, raze, recall, reduce to rubble, rend, repeal, rescind, reverse, ruin, shatter, smash, split, strip, sunder, take apart, take down, tear apart, tear down, tear to pieces, tear to shreds, tear to tatters, total, unarray, unbuild, uncase, unclothe, undo, undrape, undress, unmake, wrack, wrack up, wreck
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