verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of disturb
Examples from the Web for disturb
They knew they might see things that will disturb them, but could not deter them from their duty.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters?|Mike Barnicle|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I disturb their efforts to get their children and the few clothes they have with them clean using hoses and battered buckets.Turkish President Kisses Off Kurds Under Siege By ISIS|Jamie Dettmer|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
The scenarios described above are enough to disturb even the most jaded.More Shocking Than Online Suicides Are the Crowds Who Clamor to Watch|Caitlin Dickson|December 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He regarded their knowledge as humdrum, and it did not disturb him that they looked on his acquisitions as worthless.Peggy Raymond's Vacation|Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
It would be cruel to disturb her now with such a revelation of her own negligence.The Price of Love|Arnold Bennett
They wished, in fact, to be considered as living in an atmosphere of dreams, and nobody offered to disturb them.
Anger or fear is often a nuisance in civilized life, and any strong emotion is apt to disturb mental work or skilled manual work.Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
One thing did disturb her; and of that she made her daily complaint.Sense and Sensibility|Jane Austen
British Dictionary definitions for disturb
Word Origin for disturb
Word Origin and History for disturb
c.1300, "to stop or hinder," from Old French destorber (Old North French distourber) and directly from Latin disturbare "throw into disorder," from dis- "completely" (see dis-) + turbare "to disorder, disturb," from turba "turmoil" (see turbid).
Meaning "to frighten" is late 13c.; that of "to stir up, agitate" is c.1300. Related: Disturbed; disturbing; disturbingly. Middle English also had distourbler (n.) "one who disturbs or incites" (late 14c.).