[ dis-ruhpt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause disorder or turmoil in: The news disrupted their conference.

  2. to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt: Telephone service was disrupted for hours.

  1. to break apart: to disrupt a connection.

  2. 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.

  1. broken apart; disrupted.

Origin of disrupt

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin disruptus, variant of dīruptus “broken apart,” past participle of dīrumpere “to break apart,” from dī- di-2 + rumpere “to break”

Other words from disrupt

  • 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

  • In moments the ammeter connected with the disrupter beam began to rise so rapidly that Morey watched it with some concern.

    The Black Star Passes | John W Campbell
  • There was another disrupter burst and a sudden flutter of the controls.

    Evil Out of Onzar | Mark Ganes

British Dictionary definitions for disrupt


/ (dɪsˈrʌpt) /

  1. (tr) to throw into turmoil or disorder

  2. (tr) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)

  1. to break or split (something) apart

Origin of disrupt

C17: from Latin disruptus burst asunder, from dīrumpere to dash to pieces, from dis- 1 + rumpere to burst

Derived forms of disrupt

  • disrupter or disruptor, noun
  • disruption, noun

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