Definition of disintegrate
2 : to destroy the unity or integrity (see integrity 3) of <The lies disintegrateed their marriage.>
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 2) <an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity>
disintegrationplay \(ˌ)dis-ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
disintegrativeplay \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective
disintegratorplay \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun
Examples of disintegrate in a sentence
The paper will disintegrate if it gets wet.
The laser can disintegrate most kinds of rock.
First Known Use of disintegrate
DISINTEGRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disintegrate for English Language Learners
: to break apart into many small parts or pieces
DISINTEGRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of disintegrate for Students
: to separate or break up into small parts or pieces
Medical Definition of disintegrate
transitive verb: to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles
intransitive verb: to break or separate into constituent elements or parts
2: to undergo a change in composition <an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity>
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