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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.

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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  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. 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.

  2. Alison Smidt:

    I honestly try and keep the ‘do not disturb’ sign on as long as I'm there to not have a guilty conscience about not tipping, i just don't feel I need my bed made every day, or my bathmat placed back on the side of the tub.

  3. Tim Marlow:

    I never met a British ambassador, they quite avoid to touch the issues relating to things which disturb.

  4. Magdalena Svensson:

    We follow them at night, and whenever they make their calls we record them, they get used to you. Within an hour they don't run away anymore. We also use red light beams which don't disturb them.

  5. Karen Momsen-Evers:

    Karen Momsen-Evers waited until airborne to reach out to another flight attendant for help and asked if they could make an emergency call from the cockpit. I showed Karen Momsen-Evers the texts. Karen Momsen-Evers said that she there is nothing Karen Momsen-Evers could do and that they could not disturb the pilot. They offered me a drink, that was it, says Karen Momsen-Evers. I just wanted someone to go and try to save him.

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