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

v take off or remove

Synonyms:
strip
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v take apart into its constituent pieces

Synonyms:
break apart, break up, disassemble, take apart
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

v tear down so as to make flat with the ground

Synonyms:
level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
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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