disorder

verb
dis·​or·​der | \(ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-dər, (ˌ)diz-\

Definition of disorder 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to disturb the order of

2 : to disturb the regular or normal functions of

disorder

noun

Definition of disorder (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : lack of order clothes in disorder

2 : breach of the peace or public order troubled times marked by social disorders

3 : an abnormal physical or mental condition a liver disorder a personality disorder

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Examples of disorder in a Sentence

Verb

be careful not to disorder the carefully arranged contents of the dresser

Noun

The mayor is concerned that a rally could create public disorder. problems of crime and social disorder Millions of people suffer from some form of personality disorder.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

He was arrested on charges of possessing intoxicants for unlawful purposes, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities, evading arrest and disordering conduct. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Man nicknamed 'Captain Jack Sparrow' huffed glue, kicked Tennessee cops, police say," 7 May 2018 The new guidance comes a day after President Donald Trump declared opioid use disorders a public health emergency and promised to accelerate the federal government’s response to the crisis. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Trump Administration Relaxes Medical Privacy Rule for Overdoses," 27 Oct. 2017 Her personality disorder has the power to disorder other people’s personalities. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Sign Up for the Watching Newsletter," 18 Apr. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some studies show that halotherapy, or salt therapy, eases symptoms for those suffering from a variety of health issues such as allergies, asthma and skin disorders. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Concierge IV hydration therapy service seeks to rehydrate Louisville," 12 July 2018 Democracy might hardly seem the most efficient response to a half-century’s disorder in Colombia. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Chase had been a behavioral health specialist who worked with soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Garden advocate wants Ramona Street completion off priority list," 11 July 2018 In the spring, beekeepers are finding a large percentage of hives abandoned, full of food but devoid of workers, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 The plaintiff sought medical care and counseling, had to take time off work, and suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the assaults, the filing states. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "Woman sues United Airlines after allegedly being groped by off-duty pilot on flight," 10 July 2018 In fact, many other people use captions, including those who speak English as a second language and those who have sensory processing disorders. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "I Rely On Closed Captions to Enjoy a Show And I Don't Appreciate Netflix's Way of Censoring Them," 10 July 2018 In 2011, the private died in bed at his barracks at Fort Carson in Colorado, where he was being treated for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Determining whether there is a link to those health disorders will not be done solely with the information Project Talent receives from the current questionnaire, Peters said. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Research group performing study, including local participants, on aging," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of disorder

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disorder was in the 15th century

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disorder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disorder

: a confused or messy state : a lack of order or organization

: a state or situation in which there is a lot of noise, crime, violent behavior, etc.

medical : a physical or mental condition that is not normal or healthy

disorder

verb
dis·​or·​der | \dis-ˈȯr-dər \
disordered; disordering

Kids Definition of disorder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to disturb the regular or normal arrangement or functioning of You've disordered my papers.

disorder

noun

Kids Definition of disorder (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a confused or messy state His room was in complete disorder.

2 : unruly behavior Recess monitors prevented any disorder.

3 : a physical or mental condition that is not normal or healthy a stomach disorder

disorder

transitive verb
dis·​or·​der | \(ˈ)dis-ˈȯrd-ər, (ˈ)diz- \
disordered; disordering\ -​ˈȯrd-​(ə-​)riŋ \

Medical Definition of disorder 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to disturb the regular or normal functions of

disorder

noun

Medical Definition of disorder (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abnormal physical or mental condition : ailment an intestinal disorder a nervous disorder

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