disrupt[dis rupt′, dis′-]
- 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 of disrupt; from Classical Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere, to break apart ; from dis-, apart (see dis-) + rumpere, to break: see rupture
transitive verbdis·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 of: Our efforts in the garden were disrupted by an early frost. The noise disrupted my nap.
- To break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning: radiation that disrupts DNA and kills bacteria.
Origin of disruptLatin disrumpere, disrupt-, to break apart : dis-, dis- + rumpere, to break apart; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
- dis·rupt′er, dis·rup′tor
(third-person singular simple present disrupts, present participle disrupting, simple past and past participle disrupted)
- To throw into confusion or disorder.
- Hecklers disrupted the man's speech.
- To interrupt or impede.
- Work on the tunnel was disrupted by a strike.
- To improve a product or service in ways that displaces an established one and surprises the market.
- The internet makes it easier for leaner businesses to disrupt the larger and more unwieldy ones.
(comparative more disrupt, superlative most disrupt)
- (obsolete) Torn off or torn asunder; severed; disrupted.
From Latin disruptus, from disrumpere, commonly dirumpere (“to break or burst asunder”), from dis-, di- (“apart, asunder”) + rumpere (“to break”).