verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\

: 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

transitive verb
a :  to break apart :  rupture
b :  to throw into disorder <agitators trying to disrupt the meeting>
:  to interrupt the normal course or unity of
dis·rupt·er noun
dis·rup·tion \-ˈrəp-shən\ noun
dis·rup·tive \-ˈrəp-tiv\ adjective
dis·rup·tive·ly adverb
dis·rup·tive·ness noun

Examples of DISRUPT

  1. The barking dogs disrupted my sleep.
  2. The weather disrupted our travel plans.
  3. 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

Rhymes with DISRUPT

DISRUPTIVELY Defined for Kids


verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\

Definition of DISRUPT for Kids

:  to cause disorder in <disrupted the class>
:  to interrupt the normal course of <Barking dogs disrupted my sleep.>
dis·rup·tion \dis-ˈrəp-shən\ noun
dis·rup·tive \-ˈrəp-tiv\ adjective


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