Definition of disintegrate in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈin(t)əˌɡrāt/


[no object]
1Break up into small parts, typically as the result of impact or decay: when the missile struck, the car disintegrated in a sheet of searing flame
More example sentences
  • It was rotten and decayed and completely disintegrated on impact.
  • Although the articles we created from plywood have long since disintegrated through woodworm and decay, memories of our early lives and our innocent preoccupation remain constant.
  • The boat then disintegrated on impact with the water.
break up, break apart, fall apart, fall to pieces, fragment, fracture, shatter, splinter;
explode, blow up, blow apart, fly apart;
crumble, deteriorate, decay, decompose, rot, molder, perish, dissolve, collapse, go to rack and ruin, degenerate;
informal bust, be smashed to smithereens
1.1(Of a society, family, or other social group) weaken or break apart: the marriage disintegrated amid allegations that she was having an affair
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  • Families and communities disintegrate under the crushing burden of drug addiction.
  • Many have disconnected from their society as communities disintegrate, partly because few have the time to contribute to their local community and build local support systems.
  • When government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates, and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies.
crumbling, deteriorating, decaying, decomposing, derelict, decrepit
1.2 Physics Undergo or cause to undergo disintegration at a subatomic level: [no object]: a meson can spontaneously disintegrate [with object]: it has become a relatively easy matter to disintegrate almost any atom
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  • They suggested that the atoms of a radioactive element disintegrate spontaneously to form atoms of another element.
  • Alpha radiation is the stream of alpha particles emitted when radioactive materials disintegrate.
  • Alpha decay occurs when an atomic nucleus disintegrates by emitting alpha particles.



Pronunciation: /-ˌɡrātiv/
Example sentences
  • Under what conditions does populism temper the potential ethnicity to provoke disintegrative social conflict, and instead promote pluralist democracy?
  • Many complain they can get no treatment of any kind from the NHS for their children and that is particularly for those children with the most distressing disintegrative disorders.
  • The strategy offered here was how to fit in, certainly not to create a new space and voice for women in the light of the socially disintegrative violence of the civil war.


Pronunciation: /disˈin(t)əˌɡrādər/
Example sentences
  • These are the wreckers of outworn empires and civilizations, doubters, disintegrators, deicides.
  • Lasers, phasers, disintegrators, particle disruptors - these were the predictions for future warfare held by the ancients.
  • Cholesterol was added to the diet by homogenizing the insoluble cholesterol with an ultrasonic disintegrator or preparing gelatin/acacia microcapsules with and without cholesterol using triolein as a carrier.

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Syllabification: dis·in·te·grate

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