- 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.
Origin of disrupt
Related Wordsrattle, disturb, obstruct, breach, rummage, discompose, unsettle, discombobulate, disarray, confuse, muddle, agitate, spoil, shake, disorder, throw, bollix, intrude, open, upset
Examples from the Web for disrupt
Peaceful protest is welcome in America today—seeking to disrupt Americans looking to enjoy an NFL game is obnoxious.It’s Time to Hold Protesters Accountable
December 4, 2014
The power of intersex bodies is their ability to disrupt social norms.Intersexuality and God Through the Ages
November 9, 2014
In the process, Apple may be about to disrupt an entirely different market.Will Apple Take Down the Luxury Watch Industry?
September 10, 2014
If that failed, they could disrupt the proceedings by threat of force.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
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
May 24, 2014
This truth need not, and will not, disrupt any happy marriages.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
By this he attempted to disrupt the organic life of the country and of the army.The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
It means a fight to disrupt the National and the American Leagues.Baseball Joe Around the World
Why they had been able to 'disrupt' the Earth ships instruments.Potential Enemy
Schismatic or seditious—tending to disrupt the unity of the Church.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4
Henry Charles Lea
- (tr) to throw into turmoil or disorder
- (tr) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
- to break or split (something) apart
Word Origin and History for disrupt
1650s, but rare before c.1820, from Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere (see disruption). Or perhaps a back-formation from disruption. Related: Disrupted; disrupting.