Disrupt definition

dĭs-rŭpt
To interrupt or impede the progress of.

Our efforts in the garden were disrupted by an early frost. The noise disrupted my nap.

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To break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning.

Radiation that disrupts DNA and kills bacteria.

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To throw into confusion or disorder.

Protesters disrupted the candidate's speech.

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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.

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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.

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(obsolete) Torn off or torn asunder; severed; disrupted.
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Hecklers disrupted the man's speech.

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To break apart; split up; rend asunder.
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To disturb or interrupt the orderly course of (a social affair, meeting, etc.)
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Work on the tunnel was disrupted by a strike.

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Origin of disrupt

  • Latin disrumpere disrupt- to break apart dis- dis- rumpere to break apart reup- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin disruptus, from disrumpere, commonly dirumpere (“to break or burst asunder”), from dis-, di- (“apart, asunder”) + rumpere (“to break”).

    From Wiktionary