dismantle

To take something apart or down is to dismantle it. If you dismantle a computer to see what it looks like inside, you better know how to put it back together, or you might be looking at the inside of your room for awhile.

Dismantle is a verb used for both physical things and ideas. You can dismantle a campground by taking down the tents and breaking apart the fire logs, or you can dismantle a government by going against its leadership and bringing down its rule. Often when you dismantle something, you take away its ability to work, as with a nuclear warhead, but you can also take apart decorative or non-working things, as when you dismantle a science-fair display or a city made of blocks.

Definitions of dismantle
  1. verb
    take off or remove
    synonyms: strip
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. verb
    take apart into its constituent pieces
    synonyms: break apart, break up, disassemble, take apart
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    Antonyms:
    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
  3. verb
    tear down so as to make flat with the ground
    synonyms: level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
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    Antonyms:
    erect, put up, raise, rear, set up
    construct, build, or erect
    types:
    bulldoze
    flatten with or as if with a bulldozer
    type of:
    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
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