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disturb

verb

  1. (affect)  to move deeply
    Synonyms: trouble, upset. Type of: affect
  2. (displace)  to change the arrangement or position of
    Synonyms: agitate, commove, raise up, shake up, stir up, toss, vex. Type of: move. Followed by:...
  3. (change)  to tamper with
    Synonyms: touch. Type of: change
  4. (act)  to destroy the peace or tranquility of
    Synonyms: interrupt. Type of: act
  5. (damage)  to damage as if by shaking or jarring
    Type of: damage

Etymology summary

"to stop or hinder", from Old French destorber (Old NorseFr. distourber) and...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

disturb | interrupt [synonym, sense-specific] | muddle [synonym, sense-specific] | trouble [synonym, sense-specific] | disturber [noun, derived]

to intrude on; interrupt | to destroy or interrupt the quietness or peace of | to disarrange; muddle | [often passive] to upset or agitate; trouble | ... (23 of 555 words, 5 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/disturb

Merriam-Webster:

disturb | interrupt [synonym, sense-specific] | alarm [synonym, sense-specific] | agitate [synonym, sense-specific] | ail [synonym, sense-specific] | bother [synonym, sense-specific] | concern [synonym, sense-specific] | derail [synonym, sense-specific] | discomfort [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to interfere with; "interrupt" ; to alter the position or arrangement of ; ... | to destroy the tranquillity or composure of ; to throw into disorder ... (26 of 291 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/disturb

Macmillan British Dictionary:

disturb [transitive] | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present] | disturb the peace | do not disturb

to interrupt someone and stop them from continuing what they were doing | to upset and worry someone a lot | to make something move | to frighten wild ... (26 of 196 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/disturb

Wikipedia:

Disturbance [disambiguation]

and its variants may refer to: Disturbance (ecology), a temporary change in average environmental conditions that causes a pronounced change in an ecosystem | Disturbance (film), a section of a 2012 upcoming British horror film | Disturbance (geology),... (36 of 166 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Disturbance

Oxford Dictionary:

disturb | disturber [derived]

interfere with the normal arrangement or functioning of | interrupt the sleep, relaxation, or privacy of | make (someone) anxious (18 of 100 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/disturb

American Heritage Dictionary:

disturb | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present] | disturber [noun, related] | disturbingly [adverb, related]

To break up or destroy the tranquillity or settled state of | To trouble emotionally or mentally; upset. | To interfere with; interrupt | To intrude ... (23 of 89 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

disturb | disturber [noun, related]

to break up the quiet or serenity of; agitate (what is quiet or still) | to upset mentally or emotionally; make uneasy or anxious | to break up the ... (27 of 81 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/disturb

Cambridge Dictionary:

disturb [entry 1] | disturb the peace

to interrupt what someone is doing | "disturb the peace": to break the law by behaving unpleasantly and noisily in public (20 of 71 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/disturb 1

disturb [entry 2]

to cause someone to be worried or upset (8 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/disturb 2

disturb [entry 3]

to move or change something from its usual position, arrangement, condition or shape (13 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/disturb 3

Random House Dictionary:

disturb

to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle. | to interfere with; interrupt; hinder. | to interfere with the arrangement, order, or ... (22 of 70 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/disturb

Wiktionary:

disturb | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present] | disturbance [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids. | [transitive] to divert, redirect, or alter by disturbing. | [intransitive] to have a negative emotional impact; to cause... (35 of 47 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/disturb

Encarta Dictionary:

disturb | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present]

to interrupt or distract somebody when he or she's doing something | to make somebody feel anxious or slightly troubled | to move something so that ... (24 of 128 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605493​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

disturb

First use: about 1300

Origin: "to stop or hinder", from Old French destorber (Old NorseFr. distourber) and directly from Latin disturbare "throw into ... (20 of 65 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

disturb

Origin: Middle English distourben from Old French distourber from Latin disturbare, to drive asunder from dis-, intensive + ... (17 of 26 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

disturb

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English disturben, destourben, from Anglo-French and Latin; Anglo-French destorber, from Latin disturbare, from ... (16 of 25 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/disturb

American Heritage Dictionary:

disturb | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English distourben, from Old French destourber, from Latin disturbāre: Latin dis-, dis- + Latin ... (15 of 24 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

disturb

Origin: Middle English: from Old French destourber, from Latin disturbare, from dis- "utterly" + turbare "disturb" (from turba "tumult")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/disturb

Collins Dictionary:

disturb

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Latin disturbāre, from dis-1 + turbāre to confuse

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/disturb

Wiktionary:

disturb | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin disturbare, intensifying for turbare ("to throw into disorder").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/disturb

Encarta Dictionary:

disturb | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin disturbare "disturb completely" from turbare "disturb"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605493​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

disturb | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "disturb"

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Collins Dictionary:

disturb

Audio: British English pronunciation of "disturb"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

disturb [transitive] | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "disturb"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

disturb [transitive] | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "disturb"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

disturb [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "disturb"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "disturb"

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the Free Dictionary:

disturb

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "disturb"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "disturb"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "disturb" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

disturb | disturbed [past tense] | disturbing [present participle] | disturbs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "disturb"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

disturb

Audio: North American pronunciation of "disturb"

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YourDictionary Audio:

disturb

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "disturb" by speech synthesizer

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