Definition of disturb in English:

disturb

verb

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

    ‘being sent to jail had apparently not disturbed his cheerfulness’
    ‘the site surface had been disturbed by bulldozer activity’
    • ‘We will not allow silly disruptions to disturb our events or disgrace our veterans.’
    • ‘Mounds and surface burrows interfere with mowing and mole activities may disturb root systems and kill grass.’
    • ‘Schizophrenia is a disabling mental illness where disordered thinking disturbs an individual's ability to function normally in society.’
    • ‘Residents are being warned that it is illegal to disturb or destroy their habitats.’
    • ‘‘Clearly, the whistling and clacking disturbs the workplace and disrupts communications,’ the judge ruled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It disturbed the agenda, and patients seemed to be distracted from the subject that made them seek health care in the first place.’
    • ‘If the police catch you disturbing the crime scene, you'll be in big trouble.’
    • ‘The balance is deeply disturbed at this point in human history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They came upon a patch of earth that indeed looked like it had been slept on, or disturbed in some way.’
    • ‘A small interference with nature can disturb the entire balance.’
    • ‘The whole rationale of symbolic gestures requires that they disrupt and disturb the secular order.’
    • ‘The method destroys or disturbs delicate, slow-growing seabed communities.’
    • ‘Both are sweetly humane, and both derive their power from the telling of common lives disturbed and destroyed by World War II.’
    • ‘These activities not only disturb bees but also interfere with normal pollen production, germination, and fertilization.’
    • ‘Sometimes this clock is disturbed and disrupts this 24-hour cycle.’
    • ‘If this arrangement is disturbed, the body sickens; if it is sufficiently upset, the body dies.’
    • ‘Intracellular accumulation of such large amount of Cr may disturb the normal functioning of the bacterial cell.’
    disarrange, muddle, rearrange, disorganize, disorder, mix up, interfere with
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    1. 1.1Cause to feel anxious.
      ‘I am disturbed by the document I have just read’
      • ‘That was an anxious time, and the children were quite disturbed by it.’
      • ‘But one of the most disturbing scenes was left silent.’
      • ‘There was a new found concentration and direction in his voice which she understood but which also frightened and disturbed her.’
      • ‘"We are deeply disturbed to learn from our government that this British company was working with Iran.’
      • ‘May was a bit disturbed to find that her dad was standing there taking pictures of the weird statue.’
      • ‘My parents were disturbed by me, worried about me finding a career.’
      • ‘Some of the causal violence depicted early on is actually quite disturbing to watch.’
      • ‘The hull cooled with loud popping and creaking sounds that were more than slightly disturbing to hear.’
      • ‘Nothing had changed, which was comforting and a bit disturbing at the same time.’
      • ‘The gossips were let loose on me which really disturbed my peace of mind.’
      • ‘I actually found that description quite disturbing on many levels.’
      • ‘The state of the world concerns and disturbs many artists.’
      • ‘The more disturbing aspect of this story is the amount of angsty torture they're putting their fictional selves through.’
      • ‘By sundown some of us began to be disturbed about the lack of privacy.’
      • ‘Springfield Hospital also objected, fearing mental health patients could be disturbed by the activity.’
      • ‘One of the more disturbing aspects is the condition in which the bodies were discovered.’
      • ‘Suicide must be one of the saddest, most deeply disturbing ways of dying.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a preliminary matter, I'm somewhat disturbed by the fact that this report is classified.’
    2. 1.2Interrupt the sleep, relaxation, or privacy of.
      ‘I'll see my patient now and we are not to be disturbed’
      • ‘They claim the children are disturbing their privacy by glaring into their homes and using the road as a cycle track.’
      • ‘But his privacy was disturbed by the arrival of Hightail looking impressively fat.’
      • ‘But one day he disturbed her privacy and barged into her room, presumably to force more work on her, while she had it out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As though sensing that he would not further disturb her privacy, Nicholas turned and bestowed a tender smile upon her.’
      • ‘Julius elbowed Felix, knowing the interruption would disturb Mordechi.’
      • ‘You'd think he was Batman, upset that I disturbed him in the Cave.’
      • ‘I didn't want my privacy disturbed, but he's already here.’
      • ‘Nobody disturbed them or caused them any hassle.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

disturb

/dəˈstərb/