disintegrate

verb
dis·​in·​te·​grate | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce disintegrate (audio) \
disintegrated; disintegrating; disintegrates

Definition of disintegrate

transitive verb

1 : to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles water disintegrates the limestone
2 : to destroy the unity or integrity (see integrity sense 3) of The lies disintegrated their marriage.

intransitive verb

1 : to break or separate into constituent elements or parts The iron hinges were disintegrating into dust.
2 : to lose unity or integrity by or as if by breaking into parts The relationship started to disintegrate.
3 : to undergo a change in composition (see composition sense 2) an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity

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Other Words from disintegrate

disintegrative \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈin-​tə-​ˌgrā-​tiv How to pronounce disintegrative (audio) \ adjective
disintegrator \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈin-​tə-​ˌgrā-​tər How to pronounce disintegrator (audio) \ noun

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Examples of disintegrate in a Sentence

The paper will disintegrate if it gets wet. The laser can disintegrate most kinds of rock.
Recent Examples on the Web The anomaly is also featured heavily in the trailer, along with Octavia, who ended last season by disintegrating in her brother's arms. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "The final journey begins in The 100 season 7 trailer," 8 May 2020 Split ends are the culprit that don’t allow hair to grow because the ends disintegrate on their own. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster, According to Hairstylists," 6 May 2020 If political cooperation within the European Union stalled and the bloc’s single market disintegrated, the consequences would be dire, Osterloh said in an open letter sent to politicians across the region in recent days. Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg.com, "VW Labor Boss Warns Disunity Risks Damaging EU Single Market," 5 May 2020 The history of equity investing is littered with strategies that worked well when back-tested but then disintegrated when applied in the real world. The Economist, "Whistle while you work," 27 Oct. 2019 Just as hand soap disintegrates the virus by breaking its exterior, your trusty detergent will be enough to leave your face masks ready for another use. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "The best ways to clean fabric face masks," 9 Apr. 2020 The fact that that has now disintegrated is just a tragedy. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "AEI President Robert Doar on the optimal way to handle poverty post-pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020 At the end of last season, the married couple at the center of ABC's Black-ish saw their relationship abruptly disintegrate. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'#blackAF': TV Review," 16 Apr. 2020 Later images from Hubble revealed the fragment had since disintegrated—but the comet could well continue to cast off debris. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "COVID-19 Shutdown May Obscure Mysteries of Cracked Interstellar Comet," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of disintegrate

1796, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of disintegrate was in 1796

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“Disintegrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disintegrate. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for disintegrate

disintegrate

verb
How to pronounce disintegrate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disintegrate

: to break apart into many small parts or pieces

disintegrate

verb
dis·​in·​te·​grate | \ dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce disintegrate (audio) \
disintegrated; disintegrating

Kids Definition of disintegrate

: to separate or break up into small parts or pieces

disintegrate

verb
dis·​in·​te·​grate | \ (ˈ)dis-ˈint-ə-ˌgrāt How to pronounce disintegrate (audio) \
disintegrated; disintegrating

Medical Definition of disintegrate

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 : to break or separate into constituent elements or parts
2 : to undergo a change in composition an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity

Other Words from disintegrate

disintegration \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌint-​ə-​ˈgrā-​shən How to pronounce disintegration (audio) \ noun

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