break apart, break up, crumble, disunite, fall apart, fall to pieces, go to pieces, go to seed, reduce to fragments, separate, shatter, splinter
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disintegrate ( disintegrates 3rd person present) ( disintegrating present participle) ( disintegrated past tense & past participle )
1 verb If something disintegrates, it becomes seriously weakened, and is divided or destroyed.
During October 1918 the Austro-Hungarian Empire began to disintegrate. V
disintegration n-uncount oft N of n
...the violent disintegration of Yugoslavia.
2 verb If an object or substance disintegrates, it breaks into many small pieces or parts and is destroyed.
At 420mph the windscreen disintegrated. V
...the catastrophic disintegration of the aircraft after the explosion.
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