[ dis-ruhpt ]
/ dɪsˈrʌpt /
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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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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


dis·rupt·er, dis·rup·tor, nounnon·dis·rupt·ing, adjectivenon·dis·rupt·ing·ly, adverbun·dis·rupt·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for disrupt

/ (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 forms of disrupt

disrupter 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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