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.
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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disorganize

disorganise

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