Definition of disintegrate in English:


Line breaks: dis|in¦te|grate
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈɪntɪgreɪt


[no object]
  • 1Break up into small parts as the result of impact or decay: our shoes had to last until they disintegrated on our feet
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    • 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, fall to bits, fragment, fracture, shatter, splinter; rupture, explode, blow up, blow apart, fly apart; crumble, dissolve, collapse, founder, fail, decline, go downhill, go to rack and ruin, degenerate, deteriorate
    informal bust, be smashed to smithereens
    rare shiver
    break down, decompose, decay, rot, moulder, perish, corrode, deteriorate
  • 1.1 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.
  • 2Lose strength or cohesion and gradually fail: their marriage disintegrated
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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



Pronunciation: /-grətɪv/
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  • 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.


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  • 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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