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

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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

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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 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

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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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