Our efforts in the garden were disrupted by an early frost. The noise disrupted my nap.
Radiation that disrupts DNA and kills bacteria.
Protesters disrupted the candidate's speech.
The internet makes it easier for leaner businesses to disrupt the larger and more unwieldy ones.
An example of to disrupt is for the protestors to stop the city council meeting.
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”).