Pronunciation: (dis-mem'bur),[key] —v.t. 1. to deprive of limbs; divide limb from limb: The ogre dismembered his victims before he ate them. 2. to divide into parts; cut to pieces; mutilate.
3. to reduce, reorganize, or discontinue the services or parts of (a company, government agency, etc.): Our business was dismembered by the conglomerate that bought it.