To disturb the books on a shelf.
If I call later, will I be disturbing you?
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.
It disturbed me when you left without saying goodbye.
Origin of disturb
- Middle English distourben from Old French destourber from Latin disturbāre Latin dis- dis- Latin turbāre to agitate (from turba confusion) (probably from Greek turbē)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition