Definition of disorganize in US English:

disorganize

(also disorganise)

verb

[with object]
  • Disrupt the systematic order or functioning of.

    ‘attacks on leading government figures might disorganize the regime’
    • ‘All of this creates burdensome and disorganizing levels of stress, which is a major cause of divorce and the creation of single-parent families.’
    • ‘This camping position of mine annoys the attackers and disorganizes their attacks.’
    • ‘The change of opponent might disorganise Bebe's preparations as Myekeni is a complete opposite to Lindi.’
    • ‘He claimed the measure would disorganise payments in many parts of the country where local enterprises did not have access to the big national banks.’
    • ‘The more the movement splits and disorganises the repressive state apparatuses, the easier it would be for the new popular power to sweep them aside and take control of society.’
    • ‘The rectification process did not destroy the bureaucracy nor did it subject it to institutionalised control from below, but it did weaken and disorganise it as a social force.’
    • ‘This enables the aggressor to disorganize command and control and decrease combat potential of the defending troops.’
    • ‘Decisions taken cannot be changed many times because this disorganizes staffs and troops.’
    • ‘I thought he would disorganise the Tories in many ways because they wouldn't know where exactly he was coming from.’
    • ‘We must disorganize and demoralize them to the utmost.’
    • ‘He had been hoping for a quick end to this campaign, utilizing the ship's guns to pound the hillsides above the defenders in an effort to dislodge and disorganise them.’
    • ‘By suddenly disorganizing the established social situation, humor creates a surprising new arrangement and opens new possibilities.’
    • ‘He said the party members should forget about the other faction because it was bent on disorganising the party.’
    • ‘Shock disorganizes, or causes one to waver, through sudden attack.’
    • ‘Pendleton delivered deadly accurate fire into the approaching troops, killing approximately 15 and disorganizing the remainder with grenades.’
    • ‘It disrupted and disorganised a Rostrevor outfit that was left reeling after a blistering opening attacking spell by the Blues that yielded four unanswered points in the first five minutes.’
    • ‘Their main effect was to disorganise and disorient the left.’
    • ‘Trauma, as it disorganizes these lower brain mechanisms, therefore not only challenges our ability to survive biologically but also reduces our ability to sense a core sense of self in our body.’
    • ‘It is a grave insult to oneself and to those that I called upon to knowingly use products that unfocus the mind, disorganize the brain, and reduce humans to little more than animals.’
    • ‘Whatever you do, don't detour to answer every misplaced question as this disturbs continuity, decreases clarity and disorganizes an otherwise structured explanation.’

Origin

Late 18th century (dating from the French Revolution): from French désorganiser.

Pronunciation

disorganize

/disˈôrɡəˌnīz//dɪsˈɔrɡəˌnaɪz/