Definition of disorganize in English:


(also disorganise)


  • Disrupt the systematic order or functioning of.

    ‘attacks on leading government figures might disorganize the regime’
    • ‘This enables the aggressor to disorganize command and control and decrease combat potential of the defending troops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I thought he would disorganise the Tories in many ways because they wouldn't know where exactly he was coming from.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Decisions taken cannot be changed many times because this disorganizes staffs and troops.’
    • ‘All of this creates burdensome and disorganizing levels of stress, which is a major cause of divorce and the creation of single-parent families.’
    • ‘The change of opponent might disorganise Bebe's preparations as Myekeni is a complete opposite to Lindi.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whatever you do, don't detour to answer every misplaced question as this disturbs continuity, decreases clarity and disorganizes an otherwise structured explanation.’
    • ‘By suddenly disorganizing the established social situation, humor creates a surprising new arrangement and opens new possibilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shock disorganizes, or causes one to waver, through sudden attack.’
    • ‘This camping position of mine annoys the attackers and disorganizes their attacks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said the party members should forget about the other faction because it was bent on disorganising the party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their main effect was to disorganise and disorient the left.’


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