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

Injuries hounded him for most of his career, however, and a rare disorder that caused muscle fatigue ultimately forced him to retire after the 2010 season. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Twins hire ex-Rays player, coach Rocco Baldelli as manager," 25 Oct. 2018 Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts in particular have taken steps to expand access to addiction treatment, particularly medications like buprenorphine and methadone that are considered the gold standard in treatment for opioid use disorder. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump’s health secretary says the opioid epidemic may be turning around. Not so fast.," 24 Oct. 2018 Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is a rare brain disorder caused by misfolding brain proteins called prions. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Man Contracted a Rare, Fatal Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains," 17 Oct. 2018 This test is regularly used by couples who are known to be carriers of a genetic disorder. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Role Can Genetic Testing Play in IVF and Egg Freezing?," 1 Oct. 2018 Brighton, the oldest of their two daughters, suffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder that causes hearing and vision impairments, seizures, heart and kidney problems, and more. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Texas Parents Consider Divorce to Afford Child's Health Care," 11 July 2018 About two months ago, Pennsylvania became the first state to approve medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid use disorder. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Could marijuana help treat opioid addiction? Pennsylvania may soon find out," 6 July 2018 This is underlined by the manual’s primary use, which is not therapeutic, but clerical: a diagnosis of a disorder with a DSM classification is often the requirement for an insurance company to authorize treatment. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 But the hyperbolic and comic hope that a just god might smite the slanderer or brutalizer with a deadly skin disorder is somehow beyond the pale. Emma Stefansky, The Hive, "David Simon Wishes a Plague of Boils on Jack Dorsey After Twitter Suspension," 10 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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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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