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[ dis-ruhpt ]
/ dɪsˈrʌpt /

verb (used with object)

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.


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Nearby words

disrespect, disrespectable, disrespectful, disrobe, disroot, disrupt, disruption, disruptive, disruptive discharge, disrupture, diss

Origin of disrupt

1650–60; < Latin disruptus (variant of dīruptus, past participle of dīrumpere; dī- di-2 + rumpere to break), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + rup- break + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsdis·rupt·er, dis·rup·tor, nounnon·dis·rupt·ing, adjectivenon·dis·rupt·ing·ly, adverbun·dis·rupt·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for disruptor

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British Dictionary definitions for disruptor


/ (dɪsˈrʌpt) /


(tr) to throw into turmoil or disorder
(tr) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
to break or split (something) apart
Derived Formsdisrupter or disruptor, noundisruption, noun

Word Origin for disrupt

C17: from Latin disruptus burst asunder, from dīrumpere to dash to pieces, from dis- 1 + rumpere to burst
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Word Origin and History for disruptor



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper