dis·​or·​ga·​nized | \ -ˌnīzd How to pronounce disorganized (audio) \

Definition of disorganized

: lacking coherence, system, or central guiding agency : not organized disorganized work habits

Examples of disorganized in a Sentence

The meeting was very disorganized.

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My only hoarding vice is saving birthday cards, letters, and ticket stubs that live in disorganized splendor in my night table drawer. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 Huawei Health app is disorganized and has a confusing layout. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 In all these cases there is regression in cognitive organization to a less specific, more diffuse and hierarchically disorganized state. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 22 June 2018 Back in July 2017, he was brought in an attempt to bring stability to a chaotic and disorganized White House. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "John Kelly is out as White House chief of staff, Trump announces," 8 Dec. 2018 Perhaps better yet, pick your most disorganized friend, write in some important dates (your friends’ birthdays, your wedding date, et cetera) and start her year off right. Vogue, "The Best Planners for 2019: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Hyper-Organized Friend," 9 Nov. 2018 In response, Democratic candidates in the northeastern district are arguing Mr. Trump’s trade fights are disorganized and too broad, hitting Minnesota’s neighbors in Canada as well as China, Mr. Trump’s trade nemesis in the 2016 campaign. William Mauldin, WSJ, "Trump’s Tariffs Find Friends in Minnesota’s North, Foes in South," 18 July 2018 Meade’s campaign has been disorganized and dysfunctional. Michael Lettieri, Washington Post, "Mexico votes tomorrow. Here’s how the country will be radically transformed when the PRI loses.," 30 June 2018 The Google protest demonstrates how tech workers — historically a relatively disorganized labor group — are banding together to make demands of how big tech companies should more ethically operate their businesses. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Google’s giant employee walkouts are one of the strongest showings of tech worker activism yet," 1 Nov. 2018

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disorganized

: not arranged or planned in a particular way
: not having parts arranged in a neat and effective way
: not able to keep things arranged in a neat or effective way


dis·​or·​ga·​nized | \ dis-ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīzd How to pronounce disorganized (audio) \

Kids Definition of disorganized

1 : not having order a disorganized desk
2 : not able to manage or plan things well disorganized students

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