dis·​or·​ga·​nized | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-gə-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.
Recent Examples on the Web The inability to organize a nominating contest has brought ridicule to a disorganized party aiming to win a statewide election for the first time in 12 years. New York Times, "The Virginia G.O.P. Voted on Its Future. The Losers Reject the Results.," 19 Feb. 2021 While the state Senate is expected to vote Friday to extend the emergency for 30 days, the state House is tied 20-20, disorganized and unable to act. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Dunleavy says renewing Alaska’s COVID-19 disaster declaration is up to the state Legislature," 11 Feb. 2021 Second, by experiencing this as personal failure instead of the result of scarce resources and a disorganized pandemic response. Elizabeth M. Larusso, Star Tribune, "A psychiatrist's pandemic plea: Fellow healers, please don't bear this burden alone," 4 Dec. 2020 The chaotic scene reflects the country’s disorganized and slow vaccine rollout. Washington Post, "Hundreds swarmed Brooklyn vaccine site over message promising extra doses. It was ‘misinformation,’ mayor says.," 15 Jan. 2021 But some public health experts are worried that the disorganized expansion of the vaccine program and the limited supply will undermine those equity goals. New York Times, "New York Fears Being ‘Starved’ for Vaccine Just as Rollout Speeds Up," 15 Jan. 2021 At the same time, a disorganized approach to recruiting has impeded the Wolverines’ efforts to restock a roster depleted by transfers and early departures to the NFL. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh new deal removes facade that has been crumbling for years," 9 Jan. 2021 Many preparers charge extra for disorganized records or rush jobs. Tina Orem Nerdwallet, Star Tribune, "4 tax triggers new investors need to know about," 7 Nov. 2020 He is disorganized and constantly late for calls and meetings. Washington Post, "It’s hard to get rid of a bad boss. Instead, try a ‘soft coup.’," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of disorganized

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Disorganized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorganized. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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