Disturb
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 {Turbid}.] 1. To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest. [1913 Webster]

Preparing to disturb With all-cofounding war the realms above. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The utmost which the discontented colonies could do, was to disturb authority. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. To turn from a regular or designed course. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And disturb His inmost counsels from their destined aim. --Milton.

Syn: To disorder; disquiet; agitate; discompose; molest; perplex; trouble; incommode; ruffle. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • Disturb — Dis*turb , n. Disturbance. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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