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disunite

[dis-yoo-nahyt]
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verb (used with object), dis·u·nit·ed, dis·u·nit·ing.
  1. to sever the union of; separate; disjoin.
  2. to set at variance; alienate: The issue disunited the party members.
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verb (used without object), dis·u·nit·ed, dis·u·nit·ing.
  1. to part; fall apart.
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Origin of disunite

First recorded in 1550–60; dis-1 + unite1
Related formsdis·u·nit·er, noun
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Related Words for disunite

disengage, disconnect, divide, separate, divorce, disjoin, alienate, dissociate, part, sunder, disband, disjoint, dissolve, sever, estrange

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Historical Examples of disunite

  • I am one who cannot disunite public morality from private virtue.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I have discovered how to disunite that force and that particle.

  • The only way to keep us from setting up for ourselves is to disunite us.

  • Nothing can alter that; nothing can change our love or disunite our lives.

    Temporal Power

    Marie Corelli

  • The only way to keep us from setting up for ourselves, is—to disunite us.


British Dictionary definitions for disunite

disunite

verb
  1. to separate or become separate; disrupt
  2. (tr) to set at variance; estrange
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Derived Formsdisunion, noundisuniter, noun
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Word Origin and History for disunite

v.

1560s (implied in disunited); see dis- + unite. Related: Disuniting.

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