(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”).