What does disturb mean?

Definitions for disturb
dɪˈstɜrbdis·turb

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disturb, upset, troubleverb

    move deeply

    "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"

  2. agitate, vex, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise upverb

    change the arrangement or position of

  3. touch, disturbverb

    tamper with

    "Don't touch my CDs!"

  4. interrupt, disturbverb

    destroy the peace or tranquility of

    "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading"

  5. disturbverb

    damage as if by shaking or jarring

    "Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!"

Wiktionary

  1. disturbverb

    to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids.

  2. disturbverb

    to divert, redirect, or alter by disturbing.

  3. disturbverb

    to have a negative emotional impact; to cause emotional distress or confusion.

  4. Etymology: disturbare, intensifying for turbare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DISTURBverb

    Etymology: disturbo, low Latin.

    He that has his own troubles, and the happiness of his neighbours to disturb him, has work enough. Jeremy Collier, on Envy.

    His youth with wants and hardships must engage;
    Plots and rebellions must disturb his age. Matthew Prior.

    It oft-times may succeed, so as perhaps
    Shall grieve him, if I fail not; and disturb
    His inmost counsels from their destin’d aim. John Milton, Par. Lost.

ChatGPT

  1. disturb

    To disturb generally means to interrupt the normal or usual state, flow, or progress of something. It can also mean to bother or upset someone, or cause discomfort, disorder or turmoil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disturbverb

    to throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest

  2. Disturbverb

    to agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy; as, a person is disturbed by receiving an insult, or his mind is disturbed by envy

  3. Disturbverb

    to turn from a regular or designed course

  4. Disturbnoun

    disturbance

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disturb

    dis-turb′, v.t. to throw into confusion: to agitate: to disquiet: to interrupt.—n. Disturb′ance, agitation: tumult: interruption: perplexity.—adj. and n. Disturb′ant, disturbing.—adjs. Disturb′ative; Disturbed′.—n. Disturb′er. [O. Fr. distourber—L. disturbāre, dis, asunder, turbāre, to agitate—turba, a crowd.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disturb' in Verbs Frequency: #692

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disturb in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disturb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of disturb in a Sentence

  1. Marcus Aurelius:

    It is not events that disturb people, it is their judgements concerning them.

  2. South Korea:

    Any harm or attack on such a diplomatic mission cannot be justified under any circumstances, and the government will take all appropriate measures to protect the missions and prevent any acts that disturb their wellbeing.

  3. Jonathan Sacks:

    Values are tapes we play on the Walkman of the mind any tune we choose so long as it does not disturb others.

  4. Yiddish Proverb:

    Small children disturb your sleep, big children your life.

  5. Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department:

    It appears they have congregated for mating, they are non-venomous and generally not aggressive as long as people do not disturb them.

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