Definition of unsettle in English:



  • Cause to feel anxious or uneasy; disturb.

    ‘the crisis has unsettled financial markets’
    ‘an unsettling conversation’
    • ‘I hope the atmosphere between us is better by then because it felt a little unsettling the other night.’
    • ‘Spiers has steered the organisation through some of the most unsettling eras in its history.’
    • ‘The media are seemingly hounding them at every opportunity, upsetting and unsettling the squad.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But there is one other sinister and unsettling theory that does hold up rather better.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite its openness, the huge increase in the value of its concurrent transactions will unsettle an already nervous market.’
    • ‘This turn of events unsettles Edwin, who is secretly in love with a colleague from the publishing house.’
    • ‘These figures unsettle the whole society, and make us feel uneasy and worried.’
    • ‘Blackwell said he felt all the talk of a takeover was unsettling his squad.’
    • ‘There's something about that copse which unsettles me.’
    • ‘These were the early days of the Troubles in the North where crises in Belfast and Derry threatened to unsettle the island of Ireland.’
    • ‘Even overhearing conversations was enough to unsettle me.’
    • ‘We used very disturbing images and black comedy to unsettle the audience.’
    • ‘Both men seemed to be offering an assuring revelation rather than unsettling bewilderment.’
    • ‘That said, he also has an intelligent if unsettling sense of humour about himself.’
    • ‘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 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
    daunt, dismay, trouble, bother, agitate, fluster, ruffle, jolt, throw, put off, take aback, unbalance, destabilize, throw off balance, put someone off their stroke, pull the rug from under, pull the rug out from under
    rattle, faze, psych out
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