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[ dih-sturb ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle.

    Synonyms: pester, trouble, annoy, bother

  2. to interfere with; interrupt; hinder:

    Please do not disturb me when I'm working.

  3. to interfere with the arrangement, order, or harmony of; disarrange:

    to disturb the papers on her desk.

  4. to perplex; trouble:

    to be disturbed by strange behavior.

verb (used without object)

  1. to cause disturbance to someone's sleep, rest, etc.:

    Do not disturb.


/ dɪˈstɜːb /


  1. to intrude on; interrupt
  2. to destroy or interrupt the quietness or peace of
  3. to disarrange; muddle
  4. often passive to upset or agitate; trouble

    I am disturbed at your bad news

  5. to inconvenience; put out

    don't disturb yourself on my account

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Derived Forms

  • disˈturber, noun
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Other Words From

  • dis·turber noun
  • predis·turb verb (used with object)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of disturb1

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English distorben, distourben, disturben, from Anglo-French desturber, disto(u)rber, from Latin disturbāre “to demolish, upset,” from dis- dis- 1 + turbāre “to agitate, confuse” ( turbid )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of disturb1

C13: from Latin disturbāre, from dis- 1+ turbāre to confuse
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Example Sentences

At some point, it got disturbed and fell inward toward the sun.

PTIs can conduct light waves on their surface and edges rather than having them run through the material, and allow light to be redirected around corners without disturbing its flow.

The onset of the pandemic, however, has disturbed this uneasy balance.

Major publications such as The New York Times and rights groups like Amnesty International echoed her disturbing eye-witness account.

From Ozy

Most of the 352 pits and other intentionally disturbed areas in La Mina contain remnants of ochre deposits, the researchers say.

They knew they might see things that will disturb them, but could not deter them from their duty.

I disturb their efforts to get their children and the few clothes they have with them clean using hoses and battered buckets.

Understanding that isolation is the one thing that would absolutely disturb me.

He is carrying the briefcase as he enters the room, so still even in walking that he does not disturb the air around him.

The house is eerily pristine and immaculately preserved; your visit is the only thing threatening to disturb it.

As small letters weary the eye most, so also the smallest affairs disturb us most.

It was like a dream of beauty suspended in the air before you—floating there—and you didn't want to disturb it.

It was lying sound asleep on a mud-bank, not dreaming, doubtless, of the daring bipeds who were about to disturb its repose.

During the first few years of my service on the County Down little occurred to disturb the even tenor of my way.

The flounces were so full and fluffy that he held his knees back nervously lest he should disturb a puff.