Simple Definition of disrupt
: to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way : to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something)
Full Definition of disrupt
1 a : to break apart : rupture b : to throw into disorder <agitators trying to disrupt the meeting>
2 : to interrupt the normal course or unity of
Examples of disrupt
The barking dogs disrupted my sleep.
The weather disrupted our travel plans.
a chemical that disrupts cell function
Origin of disrupt
Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere, from dis- + rumpere to break — more at reave
First Known Use: 1793
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