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disintegrate (dɪsˈɪntɪˌɡreɪt Pronunciation for disintegrate



  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, 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'

"Don't allow every discussion to disintegrate into a battle.
Toronto Sun (2003)
And all that equipment Aunay could never afford just left to disintegrate in the sheds.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
Furthermore, the foam lacks mechanical strength and should disintegrate on impact, as the film recorded.
New Scientist (2003)
Hanging from metal frames, the sheets began to disintegrate within seconds.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
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
In rebuilding a future which, through sins of omission, looked as though it might disintegrate around her.
Alma Alexander THE SECRETS OF JIN-SHEI (2004)
More than ever, the business needs strong and effective leadership if the rail network is not to disintegrate completely.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
She stood, spreading honey on a slice of bread, watching the wholemeal crumbs disintegrate.
Erskine, Barbara Midnight is a Lonely Place
These, he says, are relatively rare in the fossil record because they disintegrate or are eaten.
Misc (1999)


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