de·​range | \ di-ˈrānj How to pronounce derange (audio) \
deranged; deranging

Definition of derange

transitive verb

1 : to disturb the operation or functions of deranged by even the slightest damage
2 : disarrange hatless, with tie deranged— G. W. Stonier
3 : to make mentally unsound or insane stalked by a deranged fan

Other Words from derange

derangement \ di-​ˈrānj-​mənt How to pronounce derange (audio) \ noun

Examples of derange in a Sentence

being stranded at night on a lonely road would derange anyone the storage room had all been deranged by the earthquake, and it took hours to sort out things
Recent Examples on the Web After all, the original Surrealist movement, with its urge to systematically derange the senses, occurred in the wake of the First World War and its horrors. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The fathomless mysteries of other people, the capacity of their quiet behaviors to obsess and derange. The Editors, Curbed, 26 Apr. 2021 The show is about two roommates, their extended social circle and their unusual dynamics, and its through-the-looking-glass hyper-sincerety is both enchanting and warmly deranged. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 14 May 2020 Kate Lindsey, as Agrippina’s deranged son, Nero, spazzed out in a bad-boy style, burying her face in heaps of stage cocaine. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2020 Wilde tries to play Scruggs with bad-girl swagger but seems merely deranged. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2019 But the story used to sketch in such a bracing and dark vision of social critique and the collapse of civilization turns schizoid and deranged. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Oct. 2019 Only someone completely deranged and delirious can negate that which the eyes can see. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2019 Three years later, she is still deranged by mourning. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of derange

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for derange

French déranger, from Old French desrengier, from des- de- + reng line, row — more at rank entry 1

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“Derange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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