[ dis-awr-guh-nahyz ]
See synonyms for: disorganizedisorganized on Thesaurus.com

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.

Origin of disorganize

1785–95; <French désorganiser, equivalent to dés-dis-1 + organiser to organize
  • Also especially British, dis·or·gan·ise .

Other words from disorganize

  • dis·or·gan·iz·er, noun

Words Nearby disorganize

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use disorganize in a sentence

  • And lastly, the inevitable and frequent economic crises under capitalism disorganize it and hasten it on towards destruction.

  • And there was that in it which seemed at moments to disorganize the room, and lay violent and exclusive hold on the spectator.

    Elizabeth's Campaign | Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  • This riot of waters and crashing of ice were enough to disorganize the best school in New England.

    The Gold Brick | Ann S. Stephens
  • The response he received on every hand was the statement that it would disorganize and disband the Confederate Armies.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) | Henry Watterson
  • Fear that number of these arrests of active managers, representatives, may disorganize industry on the Rand.

    The Transvaal from Within | J. P. Fitzpatrick

British Dictionary definitions for disorganize



/ (dɪsˈɔːɡəˌnaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to disrupt or destroy the arrangement, system, or unity of

Derived forms of disorganize

  • disorganization or disorganisation, noun
  • disorganizer or disorganiser, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012