Definition of disrupt in English:



  • 1 Interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem.

    ‘flooding disrupted rail services’
    • ‘The roof structure itself can be added on to, again, without disrupting the ongoing activities of the airport.’
    • ‘Suffragettes were jailed for offences ranging from disrupting political meetings or refusing to pay taxes, to assault.’
    • ‘Arrangements also have to be made for visitors to view it, without disrupting the daily activities of the embassy.’
    • ‘It only defers its end by disrupting the social event with which it begins.’
    • ‘It is feared that low-flying seagulls could disrupt events such as beach volleyball.’
    • ‘Such categorization often results in intellectual stereotyping that disrupts the process of equipping students for ministry.’
    • ‘The notion that a small group would disrupt the event for reasons of self-interest will be regarded as distasteful.’
    • ‘All of this in spite of insurgents' efforts to disrupt the reconstruction process.’
    • ‘Strike action would disrupt performances in the company's current summer festival season.’
    • ‘Martin later made a point of thanking the pickets for not disrupting the event.’
    • ‘The contest became a target in 1970 when women protesters disrupted the event.’
    • ‘We've done a great deal to disrupt their activity and influence the flow of money.’
    • ‘Regular mealtimes and other activities are not disrupted by the arrival of a child.’
    • ‘Then they have these people coming out, disrupting the election procedures.’
    • ‘They also play havoc with IP transmissions by disrupting the acknowledgement process.’
    • ‘Police said they had mounted the operation to ensure the safety of those attending the club and to disrupt criminal activities.’
    • ‘The participants had no intention of disrupting the special session.’
    • ‘It will specifically target offenders and disrupt their activities.’
    • ‘We trust that the courts will not allow the first of these matters to be abused by those intent on disrupting the arbitral process.’
    • ‘They were targeted after police visited or monitored their homes in a bid to to disrupt their activities.’
    throw into confusion, throw into disorder, throw into disarray, cause confusion in, cause turmoil in, play havoc with, derange, turn upside-down, make a mess of
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    1. 1.1Drastically alter or destroy the structure of.
      ‘alcohol can disrupt the chromosomes of an unfertilized egg’
      • ‘These changes profoundly altered society by disrupting traditional patterns of domestic life and language.’
      • ‘Every circumstance in church life offers an opportunity for the forces of the abyss to disrupt and destroy.’
      • ‘PyrR binding in turn disrupts the structure of the antiterminator hairpin.’
      • ‘Alkylating agents function by reacting with and disrupting the structure of DNA.’
      • ‘In the shaken solution - which disrupts spatial structure - the ancestral morph persisted solitarily.’
      • ‘Where insertion does not disrupt the structural gene, the activity is expressed, killing the cell.’
      • ‘Monetary policy can never have a neutral effect on an economy because it disrupts the production structure and relative prices.’
      • ‘This means we're disrupting their activities, because they have to move to another border crossing.’
      • ‘A hydronium ion, however, disrupts this structure because it can accommodate a maximum of three hydrogen bonds.’
      • ‘There was a major effort to disrupt the enemy's command structure on Thursday morning.’
      • ‘It is an antistructuralist reading, one that disrupts both the structures within the text and those that frame it.’
      • ‘When the dingoes are persecuted, however, it disrupts the social structure of dingo packs and leads to crossbreeding.’
      • ‘This could have led to disruption of a turn, and thus disrupting global structure.’
      • ‘The warning flag goes up for excessive alcohol, as it disrupts some sleep patterns and can result in increasing fatigue.’
      • ‘The research has developed a technique which disrupts the process of replication by selecting genes carrying the virus and killing them.’
      • ‘This disrupts the concentration gradients and so alters the natural design.’
      • ‘It is a rational decision procedure based upon the insight that terror disrupts social structures.’
      • ‘It was designed to concentrate firepower to disrupt and destroy the opponent's military capability.’
      • ‘The beetles kill trees by disrupting their water- and nutrient-carrying tissues.’
      • ‘Of course the problem is that this text disrupts an argument that was clearly structured according to the principles of a Complete Argument.’
      • ‘Applying an irritant chemical to the membrane disrupts the ordered structure: the dye is released and the globular proteins undergo conformational changes.’
      • ‘Defects disrupting the structural integrity of a particular state will affect adjacent states.’
      distort, damage, buckle, warp
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Late Middle English: from Latin disrupt- broken apart, from the verb disrumpere.