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disorganize

Syllabification: dis·or·gan·ize
Pronunciation: /disˈôrɡəˌnīz
 
/

Definition of disorganize in English:

verb

[with object]
Disrupt the systematic order or functioning of: attacks on leading government figures might disorganize the regime
More example sentences
  • All of this creates burdensome and disorganizing levels of stress, which is a major cause of divorce and the creation of single-parent families.
  • He claimed the measure would disorganise payments in many parts of the country where local enterprises did not have access to the big national banks.
  • Whatever you do, don't detour to answer every misplaced question as this disturbs continuity, decreases clarity and disorganizes an otherwise structured explanation.

Origin

late 18th century (dating from the French Revolution): from French désorganiser.

Derivatives

disorganization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌôrɡənəˈzāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Many of the accusations seem at least as easy to explain in terms of disorganization and confusion as intentional mischief.
  • The scale of that was even more tragic than this, but there was confusion, there was disorganization.
  • Performances tend to be frustrating, with flashes of high skill and impressive athleticism undermined by naive disorganisation and lack of commitment.

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