perturb

  • 1 Perturb — Per*turb , v. t. [L. perturbare, perturbatum; per + turbare to disturb, fr. turba a disorder: cf. OF. perturber. See {Per }, and {Turbid}.] 1. To disturb; to agitate; to vex; to trouble; to disquiet. [1913 Webster] Ye that . . . perturb so my… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 perturb — I verb abash, agitate, alarm, annoy, arouse, badger, baffle, bewilder, bother, bring into disorder, cause a fuss, cause agitation, cause alarm, cause confusion, cause disorder, cause upset, churn, complicate, confound, confuse, derange,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 perturb — late 14c. (implied in perturbation), probably via O.Fr. perturber (14c.), from L. perturbare to confuse, disorder, disturb, from per through + turbare disturb, confuse, from turba turmoil, crowd (see TURBID (Cf. turbid)). Related: Perturbed;… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 perturb — disturb, agitate, upset, *discompose, disquiet, fluster, flurry Analogous words: *annoy, vex, irk, bother: *confuse, muddle, addle: confound, nonplus, distract, bewilder, dumbfound (see PUZZLE vb) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 perturb — [v] upset, unsettle agitate, alarm, annoy, bewilder, bother, bug*, confound, confuse, disarrange, discompose, disconcert, discountenance, dismay, disorder, disquiet, disturb, flurry, fluster, irritate, make a scene*, make waves*, muddle, needle,… …

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  • 6 perturb — ► VERB 1) make anxious or unsettled. 2) alter the normal or regular state or path of. ORIGIN Latin perturbare, from turbare disturb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 perturb — [pər tʉrb′] vt. [ME perturben < MFr perturber < L perturbare < per , intens. + turbare, to disturb: see TURBID] 1. to cause to be alarmed, agitated, or upset; disturb or trouble greatly 2. to cause disorder or confusion in; unsettle 3.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 perturb — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To annoy] Syn. pester, worry, irritate, disturb; see bother 2 . 2. [To confuse] Syn. perplex, confound, bewilder; see confuse . See Synonym Study at disturb . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [pur TURB] to… …

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  • 9 perturb — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French perturber, from Latin perturbare to throw into confusion, from per + turbare to disturb more at turbid Date: 14th century 1. to disturb greatly in mind ; disquiet 2. to throw into… …

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  • 10 perturb — perturbable, adj. perturbability, n. perturbatious /perr teuhr bay sheuhs/, adj. perturbedly /peuhr terr bid lee/, adv. perturbedness, n. perturber, perturbator /perr teuhr bay teuhr/, n. perturbingly, adv. perturbment, n. /peuhr terrb /, v.t …

    Universalium

  • 11 perturb — verb a) To disturb; to bother or unsettle. b) To slightly modify the motion of an object …

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  • 12 perturb — Synonyms and related words: abash, addle, addle the wits, afflict, agitate, ail, alarm, ball up, be the matter, beat, beat up, becloud, bedazzle, befuddle, beset, bewilder, bother, bug, burden, churn, churn up, cloud, complicate matters, concern …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 perturb — v. (R) it perturbed me (to learn) that she was late again * * * [pə tɜːb] (R) it perturbed me (to leam) that she was late again …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 perturb — [[t]pə(r)tɜ͟ː(r)b[/t]] perturbs, perturbing, perturbed VERB If something perturbs you, it worries you quite a lot. [FORMAL] → See also perturbed [V n] What perturbs me is that magazine articles are so much shorter nowadays. Syn …

    English dictionary

  • 15 perturb — per·turb || pÉ™r tÉœrb /pÉ™ tɜːb v. worry, alarm, concern; perplex, bewilder; agitate, upset, excite, disturb …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 perturb — verb 1》 make anxious or unsettled. 2》 alter the normal or regular state or path of (a system, moving object, or process). Derivatives perturbable adjective perturbative adjective Origin ME: from OFr. pertourber, from L. perturbare, from per… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 perturb — v. a. 1. Disquiet, trouble, agitate, disturb. 2. Disorder, confuse …

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  • 18 perturb — verb David s appearance perturbs his parents Syn: worry, upset, unsettle, disturb, concern, trouble, disquiet; disconcert, discomfit, unnerve, alarm, bother, distress, dismay, gnaw at, agitate, fluster, ruffle, discou …

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  • 19 perturb — v 1. disturb, disquiet, discompose, shake, shake up, agitate, discountenance, ruffle, fluster, flutter, distract, disconcert, unsettle, put out; alarm, trouble, upset; shock, jolt, jar, stagger, rock, rattle, pull one up short; arouse, excite,… …

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  • 20 perturb — per·turb …

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