- To disrupt is to break up or disturb something’s course.
An example of to disrupt is for the protestors to stop the city council meeting.
- to break apart; split up; rend asunder
- to disturb or interrupt the orderly course of (a social affair, meeting, etc.)
Origin: ; from Classical Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere, to break apart ; from dis-, apart (see dis-) plush rumpere, to break: see rupture
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transitive verb dis·rupt·ed, dis·rupt·ing, dis·rupts
- To throw into confusion or disorder: Protesters disrupted the candidate's speech.
- To interrupt or impede the progress, movement, or procedure of: Our efforts in the garden were disrupted by an early frost.
- To break or burst; rupture.
Origin: Latin disrumpere, disrupt-, to break apart : dis-, dis- + rumpere, to break apart; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
- dis·ruptˈer, dis·rupˈtor noun
- dis·rupˈtion noun