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disintegrate (dɪsˈɪntɪˌɡreɪt



  1. to break or be broken into fragments or constituent parts; shatter
  2. to lose or cause to lose cohesion or unity
  3. (intransitive) to lose judgment or control; deteriorate
  4. (physics)
    1. to induce or undergo nuclear fission, as by bombardment with fast particles
    2. another word for decay (sense 3

Derived Forms

disˈintegrable  adjective
disˌinteˈgration  noun
disˈintegrative  adjective
disˈinteˌgrator  noun


View thesaurus entry
= collapse, fall, fail, fold, founder, give way, subside, cave in, fragment, crumple, go belly-up (informal), fall apart at the seams
= break up, crumble, fall apart, separate, shatter, splinter, break apart, fall to pieces, go to pieces, disunite

Translations for 'disintegrate'

  • British English: disintegrate If something disintegrates, it becomes seriously weakened, and is divided or destroyed. VERBThe empire began to disintegrate.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: desintegrar-se
  • Chinese: 瓦解
  • European Spanish: disgregarse
  • French: se désintégrer
  • German: zerfallen
  • Italian: disintegrarsi
  • Japanese: 分裂する
  • Korean: 분열되다
  • Portuguese: desintegrar-se
  • Spanish: disgregarse

Example Sentences Including 'disintegrate'

She stood, spreading honey on a slice of bread, watching the wholemeal crumbs disintegrate.
Erskine, Barbara Midnight is a Lonely Place
He gestured with wide arms and wicked expression, convinced that vampires would disintegrate at sight of a silver cross.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
And all that equipment Aunay could never afford just left to disintegrate in the sheds.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)


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