Definition of unsettle in English:

unsettle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Cause to feel anxious or uneasy; disturb.

    ‘the crisis has unsettled financial markets’
    ‘an unsettling conversation’
    • ‘Spiers has steered the organisation through some of the most unsettling eras in its history.’
    • ‘I have also so far not spoken to the children on the phone as my husband reassures me that they are fine and a possible phone conversation may unsettle them.’
    • ‘These were the early days of the Troubles in the North where crises in Belfast and Derry threatened to unsettle the island of Ireland.’
    • ‘But there is one other sinister and unsettling theory that does hold up rather better.’
    • ‘We used very disturbing images and black comedy to unsettle the audience.’
    • ‘These figures unsettle the whole society, and make us feel uneasy and worried.’
    • ‘Both men seemed to be offering an assuring revelation rather than unsettling bewilderment.’
    • ‘This turn of events unsettles Edwin, who is secretly in love with a colleague from the publishing house.’
    • ‘The housing market getting a second wind is something that unsettles the Reserve Bank and could even bring forward another dose of interest rate deterrence.’
    • ‘Even overhearing conversations was enough to unsettle me.’
    • ‘Blackwell said he felt all the talk of a takeover was unsettling his squad.’
    • ‘This evidence greatly unsettles moral objections to the death penalty, because it suggests that a refusal to impose that penalty condemns numerous innocent people to death.’
    • ‘I hope the atmosphere between us is better by then because it felt a little unsettling the other night.’
    • ‘That said, he also has an intelligent if unsettling sense of humour about himself.’
    • ‘The media are seemingly hounding them at every opportunity, upsetting and unsettling the squad.’
    • ‘But going more than halfway to tolerate what look like disturbing cultural practices unsettles some historians, aid experts, economists and others with experience in developing societies.’
    • ‘Despite its openness, the huge increase in the value of its concurrent transactions will unsettle an already nervous market.’
    • ‘The strangeness that increasingly unsettles the reader does not appear to bother the characters, who act with an exaggerated ordinariness that comes to resemble insanity.’
    • ‘There's something about that copse which unsettles me.’
    • ‘I feel they will have to get going early and set the pace - the best way to do that is to rattle in a goal or two to unsettle the tight defence.’
    discompose, unnerve, upset, disturb, disquiet, make anxious, make uneasy, perturb, discomfit, disconcert, alarm, confuse, nonplus, bewilder, confound, perplex
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Pronunciation

unsettle

/ʌnˈsɛt(ə)l/