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dismember

dis·mem·ber

dismember

pronunciation:
dIs mem br
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dismembered, dismembering, dismembers
definition 1: to sever or tear the members or limbs from.
They dismembered the chickens before cooking.
similar words:
mutilate, sever
definition 2: to take apart or cut up.
They dismembered the company by selling its divisions.
derivation: dismemberment (n.)