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Definition of disintegrate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    disintegrate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//dɪsˈɪntəˌɡreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disintegrate
     
    he / she / it disintegrates
     
    past simple disintegrated
     
    -ing form disintegrating
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to break into small parts or pieces and be destroyed The plane disintegrated as it fell into the sea. The wall just disintegrated in a shower of fragments and dust.
  2. 2[intransitive] to become much less strong or united and be gradually destroyed synonym fall apart The authority of the central government was rapidly disintegrating.
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NAmE//dɪsˌɪntəˈɡreɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable] the gradual disintegration of traditional values
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