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 disorganize (audio) \ noun

Examples of disorganize in a Sentence

those unexpected problems that can disorganize an entire plan
Recent Examples on the Web Virtual learning is making the best of a bad situation, leaving students feeling stressed out and disorganized at times. James Barrett, Redbook, "What Parents Say Their Kids Miss Most About School," 1 May 2020 Brogdon had open 3s as the Blazers were disorganized up top and passed on them for contested shots instead. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Myles Turner’s 3 seals Pacers comeback win vs. Blazers, first post-All-Star win streak," 28 Feb. 2020 The declining market for physical products has always been disorganized: Many transactions take place in cash at tiny stores in places like railway stations. Amit Gurbaxani, Billboard, "India's Music Industry Charts Its Future as It Eyes Bigger Share of Global Market," 26 Apr. 2019 Being an artist is no excuse for being disorganized. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "After decades of addressing racism and black history, Dallas artist Vicki Meek gets her first retrospective," 21 Jan. 2020 López Obrador’s party is new to government, frequently disorganized and working with an austerity budget so tight that at times there’s no one to answer the main telephone line at the president’s office. Washington Post, "AMLO is Mexico’s strongest president in decades. Some say he’s too strong.," 29 Nov. 2019 The policymaking process in the West Wing is also disorganized, current and former White House officials told CBS News. Fin Gomez, CBS News, "Former and current White House officials unhappy with White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney," 15 Oct. 2019 The team was again disorganized in the secondary, which is missing starting outside cornerback Jimmy Smith and slot cornerback Tavon Young. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Instant analysis: Ravens crushed by Browns, 40-25, lose grip on AFC North as defense struggles again," 29 Sep. 2019 From the early moments, Uruguay’s ability to create dangerous counterattacks with quick passing through disorganized, uneven U.S. lines was cause for concern. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Work-In-Progress USMNT Earns a Draw vs. Uruguay," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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“Disorganize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorganize. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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