Definition of disturb in English:

disturb

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Interfere with the normal arrangement or functioning of.

    ‘take the rollers out carefully so as not to disturb the curls too much’
    • ‘Both are sweetly humane, and both derive their power from the telling of common lives disturbed and destroyed by World War II.’
    • ‘This caused quite a commotion as he didn't take kindly to my interruption and asked who was I to question him and disturb his presentation.’
    • ‘Schizophrenia is a disabling mental illness where disordered thinking disturbs an individual's ability to function normally in society.’
    • ‘Intracellular accumulation of such large amount of Cr may disturb the normal functioning of the bacterial cell.’
    • ‘‘Clearly, the whistling and clacking disturbs the workplace and disrupts communications,’ the judge ruled.’
    • ‘If this arrangement is disturbed, the body sickens; if it is sufficiently upset, the body dies.’
    • ‘Residents are being warned that it is illegal to disturb or destroy their habitats.’
    • ‘They came upon a patch of earth that indeed looked like it had been slept on, or disturbed in some way.’
    • ‘The whole rationale of symbolic gestures requires that they disrupt and disturb the secular order.’
    • ‘It disturbed the agenda, and patients seemed to be distracted from the subject that made them seek health care in the first place.’
    • ‘The method destroys or disturbs delicate, slow-growing seabed communities.’
    • ‘We will not allow silly disruptions to disturb our events or disgrace our veterans.’
    • ‘The balance is deeply disturbed at this point in human history.’
    • ‘A small interference with nature can disturb the entire balance.’
    • ‘The youths regularly interrupt church meetings and have even disturbed a wedding service.’
    • ‘We got in trouble twice for disturbing the band practice because we were laughing, just to give you an idea.’
    • ‘Mounds and surface burrows interfere with mowing and mole activities may disturb root systems and kill grass.’
    • ‘Sometimes this clock is disturbed and disrupts this 24-hour cycle.’
    • ‘If the police catch you disturbing the crime scene, you'll be in big trouble.’
    • ‘These activities not only disturb bees but also interfere with normal pollen production, germination, and fertilization.’
    disarrange, muddle, rearrange, disorganize, disorder, mix up, interfere with
    View synonyms
  • 2Interrupt the sleep, relaxation, or privacy of.

    ‘I'll see my patient now and we are not to be disturbed’
    • ‘Julius elbowed Felix, knowing the interruption would disturb Mordechi.’
    • ‘You'd think he was Batman, upset that I disturbed him in the Cave.’
    • ‘They simply play when no one will interrupt or disturb them.’
    • ‘And no one will be able to disturb the privacy of the bathroom, as the bottom of the window is a little higher than the tub.’
    • ‘I didn't want my privacy disturbed, but he's already here.’
    • ‘As though sensing that he would not further disturb her privacy, Nicholas turned and bestowed a tender smile upon her.’
    • ‘If you did not disturb them, they would not bother you.’
    • ‘We are conscious, dealing with victims, that no offence except the most serious assaults so trouble and disturb people as an invasion of their homes.’
    • ‘Nobody disturbed them or caused them any hassle.’
    • ‘They claim the children are disturbing their privacy by glaring into their homes and using the road as a cycle track.’
    • ‘But one day he disturbed her privacy and barged into her room, presumably to force more work on her, while she had it out.’
    • ‘But his privacy was disturbed by the arrival of Hightail looking impressively fat.’
    interrupt, intrude on, butt in on, barge in on
    View synonyms
  • 3Make (someone) anxious.

    ‘I am disturbed by the document I have just read’
    • ‘The hull cooled with loud popping and creaking sounds that were more than slightly disturbing to hear.’
    • ‘The gossips were let loose on me which really disturbed my peace of mind.’
    • ‘But one of the most disturbing scenes was left silent.’
    • ‘I actually found that description quite disturbing on many levels.’
    • ‘As a preliminary matter, I'm somewhat disturbed by the fact that this report is classified.’
    • ‘One of the more disturbing aspects is the condition in which the bodies were discovered.’
    • ‘By sundown some of us began to be disturbed about the lack of privacy.’
    • ‘Some of the causal violence depicted early on is actually quite disturbing to watch.’
    • ‘That was an anxious time, and the children were quite disturbed by it.’
    • ‘Suicide must be one of the saddest, most deeply disturbing ways of dying.’
    • ‘Springfield Hospital also objected, fearing mental health patients could be disturbed by the activity.’
    • ‘The more disturbing aspect of this story is the amount of angsty torture they're putting their fictional selves through.’
    • ‘My parents were disturbed by me, worried about me finding a career.’
    • ‘"We are deeply disturbed to learn from our government that this British company was working with Iran.’
    • ‘Nothing had changed, which was comforting and a bit disturbing at the same time.’
    • ‘There was a new found concentration and direction in his voice which she understood but which also frightened and disturbed her.’
    • ‘On one occasion she asked if a neighbour would buy her some drugs, which upset and disturbed the neighbour and her young son.’
    • ‘Naturally, as is the way of these things, disturbing reports started to surface.’
    • ‘The state of the world concerns and disturbs many artists.’
    • ‘May was a bit disturbed to find that her dad was standing there taking pictures of the weird statue.’
    worrying, perturbing, troubling, concerning, upsetting
    perturb, trouble, concern, worry, upset
    View synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Old French destourber, from Latin disturbare, from dis- ‘utterly’ + turbare ‘disturb’ (from turba ‘tumult’).

Pronunciation

disturb

/dɪˈstəːb/