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

transitive verb

: to destroy or interrupt the orderly structure or function of

Examples of disorganize in a Sentence

those unexpected problems that can disorganize an entire plan
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disorganize was in 1793

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“Disorganize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorganize. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​or·​ga·​nize (ˈ)dis-ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz How to pronounce disorganize (audio)
: to break up the regular arrangement of : confuse, disorder

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