- To disturb is defined as to interfere with something or bother someone.
- When you mess up a perfect arrangement of vases and put them all out of alignment, this is an example of disturb.
- When you wake up a person who is sleeping, this is an example of disturb.
- to break up the quiet or serenity of; agitate (what is quiet or still)
- to upset mentally or emotionally; make uneasy or anxious
- to break up the settled order or orderly working of: to disturb the books on a shelf
- to break in on; interrupt
- to inconvenience: don't disturb yourself
Origin: Middle English distourben ; from Old French distourber ; from Classical Latin disturbare, to drive asunder ; from dis-, intensive plush turbare, to disorder ; from turba, a crowd, mob: see turbid
- disturber noun
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transitive verb dis·turbed, dis·turb·ing, dis·turbs
- To break up or destroy the tranquillity or settled state of: “Subterranean fires and deep unrest disturb the whole area” (Rachel Carson).
- To trouble emotionally or mentally; upset.
- a. To interfere with; interrupt: noise that disturbed my sleep.b. To intrude on; inconvenience: Constant calls disturbed her work.
- To put out of order; disarrange.
Origin: Middle English distourben, from Old French destourber, from Latin disturbāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin turbāre, to agitate (from turba, confusion, probably from Greek turbē).
- dis·turbˈer noun
- dis·turbˈing·ly adverb