[ dih-sturb ]
/ dɪˈstɜrb /
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verb (used with object)
to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle.
to interfere with; interrupt; hinder: Please do not disturb me when I'm working.
to interfere with the arrangement, order, or harmony of; disarrange: to disturb the papers on her desk.
to perplex; trouble: to be disturbed by strange behavior.
verb (used without object)
to cause disturbance to someone's sleep, rest, etc.: Do not disturb.
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Origin of disturb

1175–1225; Middle English disto(u)rben, disturben<Anglo-French disto(u)rber, desturber<Latin disturbāre to demolish, upset, equivalent to dis-dis-1 + turbāre to confuse


dis·turb·er, nounpre·dis·turb, verb (used with object)
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How to use disturb in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for disturb

/ (dɪˈstɜːb) /

verb (tr)
to intrude on; interrupt
to destroy or interrupt the quietness or peace of
to disarrange; muddle
(often passive) to upset or agitate; troubleI am disturbed at your bad news
to inconvenience; put outdon't disturb yourself on my account

Derived forms of disturb

disturber, noun

Word Origin for disturb

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