unsettle

[ uhn-set-l ]
/ ʌnˈsɛt l /

verb (used with object), un·set·tled, un·set·tling.

to alter from a settled state; cause to be no longer firmly fixed or established; render unstable; disturb: Violence unsettled the government.
to shake or weaken (beliefs, feelings, etc.); cause doubt or uncertainty about: doubts unsettling his religious convictions.
to vex or agitate the mind or emotions of; upset; discompose: The quarrel unsettled her.

verb (used without object), un·set·tled, un·set·tling.

to become unfixed or disordered.

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of unsettle

First recorded in 1535–45; un-2 + settle1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for unsettle

British Dictionary definitions for unsettle

unsettle
/ (ʌnˈsɛtəl) /

verb

(usually tr) to change or become changed from a fixed or settled condition
(tr) to confuse or agitate (emotions, the mind, etc)

Derived forms of unsettle

unsettlement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012