dis·​or·​ga·​nize | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce disorganize (audio) \
disorganized; disorganizing; disorganizes

Definition of disorganize

transitive verb

: to destroy or interrupt the orderly structure or function of

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from disorganize

disorganization \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌȯr-​gə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce disorganization (audio) \ noun

Examples of disorganize in a Sentence

those unexpected problems that can disorganize an entire plan

Recent Examples on the Web

Their league was disorganized at best, a shade above semipro. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: 100 years ago, the NFL took its first baby steps in Indiana," 22 July 2019 That led to nerve cells sometimes ending up in the wrong place and layers that were disorganized. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Gene mutation in the brain may be early clue to autism, study suggests," 2 July 2019 The disturbance is currently disorganized, but it's expected to move toward the northeastern coast of Mexico later today. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Tropical disturbance expected to bring heavy rain to Houston starting tonight," 4 June 2019 The defense is also disorganized, leaky and seemingly afraid. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "The loneliness of the Chicago Fire fan," 14 June 2019 Johnson was disorganized and had few reporting skills. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019 His thrust all the way to Warsaw ignored logistics and flanks, betting everything on the disorganizing effect of his vertical attacks on the Polish position. Geoffrey Wawro, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Warfare," 8 Nov. 2018 It was generally acknowledged, including by those working at the company, that the leadership was disorganized, with people changing roles and job titles frequently. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Deciem’s Brandon Truaxe: the world’s most controversial beauty CEO, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 In this case, the electrical impulses are disorganized and spread through the chambers irregularly. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What is atrial fibrillation, and why is your watch telling you about it?," 26 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'disorganize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of disorganize

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disorganize

French désorganiser, from dés- dis- + organiser to organize

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about disorganize

Statistics for disorganize

Last Updated

1 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for disorganize

The first known use of disorganize was in 1793

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on disorganize

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for disorganize

Spanish Central: Translation of disorganize

Nglish: Translation of disorganize for Spanish Speakers

Comments on disorganize

What made you want to look up disorganize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a period when something is suspended

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!