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disintegrate

verb
     
dis‧in‧te‧grate
1 [intransitive and transitive] to break up, or make something break up, into very small pieces:
The plane just disintegrated in mid-air.
2 [intransitive] to become weaker or less united and be gradually destroyed:
a society disintegrating under economic pressures
disintegration noun [uncountable]
the disintegration of the Soviet empire into separate republics
WORD FOCUS: break WORD FOCUS: break
smash with a lot of force
shatter
into many pieces
split
into two pieces
snap
into two pieces, with a sudden loud noise
tear
paper/cloth
burst
pipe/tyre/balloon
crumble
break into a lot of small pieces
disintegrate
break into a lot of small pieces and be destroyed
fracture
if a bone fractures or you fracture it, it breaks slightly so that a small line appears on the surface


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break

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