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disintegrate (dɪsˈɪntɪˌɡreɪt Pronunciation for disintegrate

Definitions

verb

  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

Synonyms

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= collapse, fall, fail, fold, founder, give way, subside, cave in, fragment, crumple, go belly-up, 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'

And all that equipment Aunay could never afford just left to disintegrate in the sheds.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
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
She stood, spreading honey on a slice of bread, watching the wholemeal crumbs disintegrate.
Erskine, Barbara Midnight is a Lonely Place

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