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disintegrateverb [I]

uk   /dɪˈsɪn.tɪ.ɡreɪt/ us   /dɪˈsɪn.t̬ə.ɡreɪt/
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.
to become much worse: The situation disintegrated into chaos.

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disintegration
noun [U] uk   /dɪˌsɪn.tɪˈɡreɪ.ʃən/ us   /ˌdɪs.ɪn.t̬əˈɡreɪ.ʃən/
social disintegration the gradual disintegration of family values
(Definition of disintegrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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disintegrateverb [I]

us   /dəˈsɪn·tɪˌɡreɪt/
to become weaker or be destroyed by breaking into small pieces: The spacecraft disintegrated as it entered the earth’s atmosphere.
disintegration
noun [U] us   /dəˌsɪn·tɪˈɡreɪ·ʃən/
(Definition of disintegrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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