- 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[intransitive] to become much less strong or united and be gradually destroyed synonym fall apart The authority of the central government was rapidly disintegrating.
NAmE//dɪsˈɪntəˌɡreɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disintegrate
he / she / it disintegrates
past simple disintegrated
-ing form disintegrating
disintegrationjump to other results
NAmE//dɪsˌɪntəˈɡreɪʃn//noun [uncountable] the gradual disintegration of traditional values