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 disintegrateing 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

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 plans to go public disintegrated after investors questioned the company’s valuation as well as the leadership of former CEO Adam Neumann. Washington Post, "WeWork planning to cut thousands of jobs," 18 Nov. 2019 The bronze objects were found close to each other, and researchers think they were once held together in an organic container—perhaps a leather bag or wooden toolbox—that has since disintegrated. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Puzzling artifacts found at Europe's oldest battlefield," 16 Oct. 2019 Investigators determined that the plane’s troubles had begun when a cracked fan disc disintegrated. BostonGlobe.com, "“Most people know Chesley Sullenberger,” said Spencer Bailey, a Flight 232 survivor, referring to the pilot who successfully landed a US Airways jet on the Hudson River in 2009, “but the feat Captain Haynes pulled off 30 years ago was truly a miracle, too.”," 30 Sep. 2019 Investigators determined that the plane’s troubles had begun when a cracked fan disc disintegrated. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Alfred Haynes, Pilot Who Saved Scores in Crash Landing, Dies at 87," 24 Sep. 2019 Crews have been recovering human remains and pieces of the plane, which disintegrated on impact at high speed. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Investigators Download 69 Hours of Data From Crashed Lion Air Jet," 4 Nov. 2018 The presence of cement vaults in both graves was a surprise for investigators who feared the unknown victims had been buried in pine boxes that had long disintegrated. Steven Goode, courant.com, "After 75 years, it may not be possible to identify the Hartford Circus Fire victims who were exhumed last month," 4 Nov. 2019 Too long, and the acids that give wine some of its feel in the mouth may disintegrate. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine," 30 Sep. 2019 So the coalition that supported RFRA disintegrated. Christopher Shea, Vox, "Why Jeff Sessions thinks Christians are under siege in America," 1 Aug. 2018

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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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13 Dec 2019

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“Disintegrate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disintegrating. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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