The verb disassemble means to take something apart. It's one thing to disassemble a computer; it's a whole other thing to put it back together again.

If you take your car to the repair shop to have a squeaky brake fixed, you'll be surprised to see the mechanics quickly disassemble your car, removing even its wheels and doors. You can use the word disassemble whenever something's dismantled or broken into pieces. Originally, disassemble meant "to disperse," or to stop a crowd of people from assembling, but the meaning changed to its current definition in the 1600s.

Definitions of disassemble

v take apart into its constituent pieces

break apart, break up, dismantle, take apart
assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
create by putting components or members together
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

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