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
Recent Examples on the Web Among them was the Goods and Services Tax, which aimed to streamline India’s overlapping federal and state taxes under a single economic zone, though economists said enforcement was disorganized and crippled many small businesses. New York Times, "Arun Jaitley, Bold Indian Finance Minister, Is Dead at 66," 27 Aug. 2019 Those who insist this will bring in organized or disorganized crime are idiots. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: With gambling as driving force, the NFL remains alive and well," 7 Sep. 2019 India’s embrace of electric vehicles has been disorganized, like so much else in the country. New York Times, "Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution," 22 Aug. 2019 Their league was disorganized at best, a shade above semipro. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: 100 years ago, the NFL took its first baby steps in Indiana," 22 July 2019 That led to nerve cells sometimes ending up in the wrong place and layers that were disorganized. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Gene mutation in the brain may be early clue to autism, study suggests," 2 July 2019 The disturbance is currently disorganized, but it's expected to move toward the northeastern coast of Mexico later today. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Tropical disturbance expected to bring heavy rain to Houston starting tonight," 4 June 2019 The defense is also disorganized, leaky and seemingly afraid. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "The loneliness of the Chicago Fire fan," 14 June 2019 Johnson was disorganized and had few reporting skills. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of disorganize was in 1793

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not being in agreement or harmony

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