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verb dis·in·te·grate \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrāt\

Simple Definition of disintegrate

  • : to break apart into many small parts or pieces

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of disintegrate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles

  3. 2 :  to destroy the unity or integrity of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to break or separate into constituent elements or parts

  6. 2 :  to lose unity or integrity by or as if by breaking into parts

  7. 3 :  to undergo a change in composition <an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity>

disintegration play \(ˌ)dis-ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
disintegrative play \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective
disintegrator play \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun

Examples of disintegrate in a sentence

  1. The paper will disintegrate if it gets wet.

  2. The laser can disintegrate most kinds of rock.


First Known Use of disintegrate


Rhymes with disintegrate

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DISINTEGRATE Defined for Kids


verb dis·in·te·grate \dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrāt\

Definition of disintegrate for Students


  1. :  to separate or break up into small parts or pieces

Medical Dictionary


verb dis·in·te·grate \(ˈ)dis-ˈint-ə-ˌgrāt\

Medical Definition of disintegrate

disintegrated; disintegrating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles

  3. 1

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to break or separate into constituent elements or parts

  6. 2:  to undergo a change in composition <an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity>

disintegration \(ˌ)dis-ˌint-ə-ˈgrā-shən\play noun

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