to cause disorder or turmoil in: The news disrupted their conference.
to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt: Telephone service was disrupted for hours.
to break apart: to disrupt a connection.
Business. to radically change (an industry, business strategy, etc.), as by introducing a new product or service that creates a new market: It’s time to disrupt your old business model.
broken apart; disrupted.
- dis·rupt·er, dis·rup·tor, noun
- non·dis·rupt·ing, adjective
- non·dis·rupt·ing·ly, adverb
- un·dis·rupt·ed, adjective
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How to use disrupt in a sentence
That’s a good indication of how you can disrupt and innovate in new markets.Ember names former Dyson head as consumer CEO, as the startup looks beyond the smart mug | Brian Heater | February 12, 2021 | TechCrunch
Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, was designed to disrupt the power of governments and conventional financial institutions.Mastercard will support cryptocurrencies—but not the ones you think | Timothy B. Lee | February 11, 2021 | Ars Technica
Under Ricardo’s leadership, we believe Jüsto is positioned for significant expansion as it disrupts and transforms the legacy grocery value chain.Mexican online grocer Jüsto raises $65M in General Atlantic-led Series A | Mary Ann Azevedo | February 9, 2021 | TechCrunch
The latest generation of deep-learning-based facial recognition has completely disrupted our norms of consent.
That, in turn, gave way to "zoombombing," the term for when Internet trolls join online meetings with the goal of disrupting them and harassing their participants.Zoombombing countermeasures are ineffective in the vast majority of cases | Dan Goodin | February 4, 2021 | Ars Technica
Peaceful protest is welcome in America today—seeking to disrupt Americans looking to enjoy an NFL game is obnoxious.
The power of intersex bodies is their ability to disrupt social norms.
In the process, Apple may be about to disrupt an entirely different market.
If that failed, they could disrupt the proceedings by threat of force.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics | Michael Wolraich | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think they will go ahead, since the West has advised Russia to not do anything to disrupt them.Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime | Richard Porton | May 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They'll flock to the diamond field and disrupt the operation, and we can move back in to some of the shot stations.The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
Each one is a cog in the vast organization and one slip may disrupt the whole arrangement.Private Peat | Harold R. Peat
One explosive charge per cell, of just sufficient size to disrupt the nucleus.Greylorn | John Keith Laumer
Meanwhile the petty, local fight had started which was to disrupt this hope of Barton's, and thwart its fulfillment forever.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
Finally, a capitular government in missionary countries was a physical impossibility, and would disrupt the whole Order.The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for disrupt
(tr) to throw into turmoil or disorder
(tr) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
to break or split (something) apart
- disrupter or disruptor, noun
- disruption, noun
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