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English definition of “disintegrate”

disintegrate

verb [I]     /dɪˈsɪn.tɪ.ɡreɪt/ US  /-t̬ə-/
to become weaker or be destroyed by breaking into small pieces: The spacecraft disintegrated as it entered the Earth's atmosphere. The Ottoman Empire disintegrated into lots of small states.Tearing and breaking into pieces to become much worse: The situation disintegrated into chaos.Deteriorating and making worse disintegration     /dɪˌsɪn.tɪˈɡreɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌdɪs.ɪn.t̬ə-/ noun [U] social disintegration the gradual disintegration of family valuesTearing and breaking into pieces
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