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disturb definition

Overview

This page has 4 definitions of disturb in English. Disturb is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use disturb in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English

Etymology

From Middle English destourben, from Anglo-Norman distourber and Old French destorber, from Latin disturbare, intensifying for turbare (to throw into disorder), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twerH-, *(s)turH- (to rotate, swirl, twirl, move around).

Pronunciation

Verb

disturb (third-person singular simple present disturbs, present participle disturbing, simple past and past participle disturbed)

  1. (transitive) to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids.
    The noisy ventilation disturbed me during the exam.
    The performance was disturbed twice by a ringing mobile phone.
    A school of fish disturbed the water.
  2. (transitive) to divert, redirect, or alter by disturbing.
    A mudslide disturbed the course of the river.
    The trauma disturbed his mind.
  3. (intransitive) to have a negative emotional impact; to cause emotional distress or confusion.
    A disturbing film that tries to explore the mind of a serial killer.
    His behaviour is very disturbing.

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Noun

disturb

  1. (obsolete) disturbance