dis·or·ga·nize | \(ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz \

Definition of disorganize 

transitive verb

: to destroy or interrupt the orderly structure or function of

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disorganization \(ˌ)dis-ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən \ noun

Examples of disorganize in a Sentence

those unexpected problems that can disorganize an entire plan

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This is especially so with Anti-Balaka groups: most are poorly equipped and disorganized, and emerged from their own communities to defend themselves. Sandra Olsson, Time, "Why Child Soldiers Rarely Stay Free for Long in the Central African Republic," 25 May 2018 Prosecutors had asked for prison time under the contention that Taffaro wasn't disorganized or sloppy. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Former JPSO Chief Deputy Craig Taffaro sentenced to 5 years probation for tax evasion," 4 Apr. 2018 Dempsey added a second goal in the 88th minute as Vancouver was disorganized on a corner kick. USA TODAY, "Clint Dempsey's two goals push Seattle Sounders into Western Conference finals," 3 Nov. 2017 The offense is disorganized, the play-calling could be better and Darnold has taking a step back. Steven Ruiz, USA TODAY, "Coaches spotlight: Is Clay Helton to blame for USC's shaky start?," 4 Oct. 2017 Critics have said the administration has been slow to react and disorganized on the ground. Laura Litvan, Bloomberg.com, "Puerto Rico Funds to Be Joined With Other Storm Aid, Cornyn Says," 3 Oct. 2017 Wickland, a witness for the prosecution, also testified that the armed local Libyan force that scattered might have been disorganized, but did not show hostility toward the Americans. Washington Post, "Defense tries to cast doubt on case against Benghazi suspect," 3 Oct. 2017 As they got set at the line of scrimmage, the Bears were disorganized, still breaking their huddle trying to get into position. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "One big miscommunication mistake costs Bears defense big-time," 11 Sep. 2017 China can be disorganized, chaotic, loud and polluted. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Hinsdale artist finds work abroad empowering, satisfying," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of disorganize

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disorganize

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

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