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disintegrateverb [I]

uk   /dɪˈsɪn.tɪ.ɡreɪt/  us   /dɪˈsɪn.t̬ə.ɡreɪt/
to ​becomeweaker or be ​destroyed by ​breaking into ​smallpieces: The ​spacecraft disintegrated as it ​entered the earth's ​atmosphere. The Ottoman Empire disintegrated intolots of ​smallstates.
to ​become much ​worse: The ​situation disintegrated intochaos.

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

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disintegrateverb [I]

 us   /dəˈsɪn·tɪˌɡreɪt/
to ​becomeweaker or be ​destroyed by ​breaking into ​smallpieces: 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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