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derange

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verb, de·range \di-ˈrānj\

Definition of derange

derangedderanging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to disturb the operation or functions of

  3. 2 :  disarrange <hatless, with tie deranged — G. W. Stonier>

  4. 3 :  to make insane

derangement play \-mənt\ noun


Examples of derange in a sentence

  1. <being stranded at night on a lonely road would derange anyone>

  2. <the storage room had all been deranged by the earthquake, and it took hours to sort out things>



Origin of derange

French déranger, from Old French desrengier, from des- de- + reng line, row — more at rank


First Known Use: 1769



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