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disorganize

[dis-awr-guh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), dis·or·gan·ized, dis·or·gan·iz·ing.
  1. to destroy the organization, systematic arrangement, or orderly connection of; throw into confusion or disorder.
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Also especially British, dis·or·gan·ise.

Origin of disorganize

1785–95; < French désorganiser, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + organiser to organize
Related formsdis·or·gan·iz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for disorganize

Historical Examples

  • Any of you ought to admit that Gulden's kind of work will disorganize a gang.

    The Border Legion

    Zane Grey

  • The advantage of prudes is that they disorganize the human race.

  • If we reject and spurn them, we do our utmost to disorganize and disperse them.

  • Few diseases can so disorganize a household and distress its members.

    A Mind That Found Itself

    Clifford Whittingham Beers

  • They're just going to disorganize me, conventionalize me completely.

    This Side of Paradise

    F. Scott Fitzgerald


British Dictionary definitions for disorganize

disorganize

disorganise

verb
  1. (tr) to disrupt or destroy the arrangement, system, or unity of
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Derived Formsdisorganization or disorganisation, noundisorganizer or disorganiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorganize

v.

1793, from French désorganiser, from dés- "not" (see dis-) + organiser "organize" (see organize). This word and related forms were introduced in English in reference to the French Revolution. Related: Disorganized; disorganizing; disorganization.

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