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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

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>

dis·in·te·gra·tion play \(ˌ)dis-ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
dis·in·te·gra·tive play \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective
dis·in·te·gra·tor play \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun

Examples of disintegrate

  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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noun dis·in·te·gra·tion \dis-ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\

Definition of disintegration

  1. :  the act or process of breaking into small pieces :  the condition of being broken into small pieces

Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of disintegrate


  1. transitive verb

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

  3. intransitive verb

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

  5. 2:  to undergo a change in composition <an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity>

  6. dis·in·te·gra·tion \(ˌ)dis-ˌint-ə-ˈgrā-shən\play noun

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