To disintegrate is to break down into smaller pieces or to become completely ruined. When something disintegrates, it usually doesn't last very long.

  • The paint started to peel off the wall, and soon the wall was disintegrating.

  • The house is slowly disintegrating because of the rain.

Definition of disintegrates


lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current


decay, decompose


break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity


cause to undergo fission or lose particles

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Example Sentences for disintegrates

  • 1

    Its disintegration will foretell the disintegration in the Soviet Union.

  • 2

    Discipline in the ranks disintegrated.

  • 3

    The aircraft disintegrated and crashed.

  • 4

    The group was disintegrated into parts.

  • 5

    This led to the disintegration of the union.

  • 6

    By the late 1930s, the organization disintegrated.

  • 7

    The unity disintegrated from the beginning.

  • 8

    Later, the parent disintegrates and the daughters invert.

  • 9

    Disintegration set in among the compromising parties.

  • 10

    The captivity led to a near disintegration of the community.