disturb

  • 1 Disturb — Dis*turb , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disturbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disturbing}.] [OE. desturben, destourben, OF. destorber, desturber, destourber, fr. L. disturbare, disturbatum; dis + turbare to disturb, trouble, turba disorder, tumult, crowd. See… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 disturb — [di stʉrb′] vt. [ME distourben < OFr distourber < L disturbare, to drive asunder < dis , intens. + turbare, to disorder < turba, a crowd, mob: see TURBID] 1. to break up the quiet or serenity of; agitate (what is quiet or still) 2. to …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 disturb — dis·turb vt 1: to destroy the tranquillity or composure of 2: to throw into disorder vi: to cause disturbance disturb the peace: to cause a disturbance Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 disturb — c.1300, to stop or hinder, from O.Fr. destorber (O.N.Fr. distourber) and directly from L. disturbare throw into disorder, from dis completely (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + turbare to disorder, disturb, from turba turmoil (see TURBID (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 disturb — [v1] bother, upset afflict, agitate, ail, alarm, amaze, annoy, arouse, astound, badger, burn up*, complicate, confound, confuse, depress, discompose, dishearten, disrupt, distract, distress, excite, fluster, frighten, gall, grieve, harass,… …

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  • 6 disturb — ► VERB 1) interfere with the normal arrangement or functioning of. 2) interrupt the sleep, relaxation, or privacy of. 3) make anxious. DERIVATIVES disturbing adjective. ORIGIN Latin disturbare, from turbare disturb …

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  • 7 Disturb — Dis*turb , n. Disturbance. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 disturb — 1 unsettle, derange, *disorder, disarrange, disorganize Analogous words: displace, *replace: shift, remove, *move: *arrest, interrupt, check: *meddle, intermeddle, interfere, tamper Contrasted words: settle, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 disturb — dis|turb [dıˈstə:b US ə:rb] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(interrupt)¦ 2¦(worry)¦ 3¦(move)¦ 4¦(change)¦ 5 disturb the peace ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: destourber, from Latin turbare to put into disorder ] 1.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 disturb */*/ — UK [dɪˈstɜː(r)b] / US [dɪˈstɜrb] verb [transitive] Word forms disturb : present tense I/you/we/they disturb he/she/it disturbs present participle disturbing past tense disturbed past participle disturbed 1) to interrupt someone and stop them from …

    English dictionary

  • 11 disturb — [[t]dɪstɜ͟ː(r)b[/t]] disturbs, disturbing, disturbed 1) VERB If you disturb someone, you interrupt what they are doing and upset them. [V n] Did you sleep well? I didn t want to disturb you. You looked so peaceful... [V n] Find a quiet, warm,… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 disturb — 01. I m going to be busy in my office for the next hour or so; please see that I am not [disturbed]. 02. During the [disturbance] following the concert, 3 young people were arrested, and one policeman was injured. 03. I m sorry to [disturb] you… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 disturb — dis|turb [ dı stɜrb ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to interrupt someone and stop them from continuing what they were doing: I didn t want to disturb you in the middle of a meeting. Sorry to disturb you, but do you know where Miss Springer is? Her… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 disturb — verb (T) 1 INTERRUPT to interrupt someone so that they cannot continue what they are doing by asking a question, making a noise etc: Sorry to disturb you, but I have an urgent message from your husband. 2 WORRY to make someone feel worried or… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 disturb — disturber, n. /di sterrb /, v.t. 1. to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle. 2. to interfere with; interrupt; hinder: Please do not disturb me when I m working. 3. to interfere with the arrangement, order, or harmony of;… …

    Universalium

  • 16 disturb — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. worry, agitate, disquiet, trouble; disarrange, confuse; interrupt, unsettle. See agitation, disorder. Ant., calm, soothe. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To upset physical relationship] Syn. disorder,… …

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  • 17 disturb — verb Etymology: Middle English disturben, destourben, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French destorber, from Latin disturbare, from dis + turbare to throw into disorder, from turba disorder more at turbid Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a …

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  • 18 disturb — verb Disturb is used with these nouns as the object: ↑balance, ↑concentration, ↑intruder, ↑neighbour, ↑nest, ↑peace, ↑privacy, ↑rest, ↑site, ↑sleep, ↑wildlife …

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  • 19 disturb — verb 1》 interfere with the normal arrangement or functioning of. 2》 interrupt the sleep, relaxation, or privacy of. 3》 make anxious. Derivatives disturber noun disturbing adjective disturbingly adverb Origin ME: from OFr. destourber, from L.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 disturb — verb 1) let s go somewhere where we won t be disturbed Syn: interrupt, intrude on, butt in on, barge in on; distract, disrupt, bother, trouble, pester, harass; informal hassle 2) don t disturb his papers Syn …

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