disorder

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

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

Democracies are also prone to disorder and corruption, but these are ineluctable features of any political system comprised of selfish and flawed human beings. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 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

Queen Victoria was the first in her family to carry hemophilia B, a blood clotting disorder, but the Queen herself was not a hemophiliac. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "15 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 8 Jan. 2019 Luka’s counselor diagnosed a mental-health disorder but didn’t think vaping was an issue, Ms. Kinard says. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Teen Vaping Has Created Addicts With Few Treatment Options," 18 Dec. 2018 Except, at about the same time, physicians in South Korea were called on to treat two hospital patients, a 1-year-old boy with a blood-cell disorder and a 74-year-old man with throat cancer. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 Jake and Maria Grey of Sanger, Texas, opened up in a Today report about the cost of caring for their daughter Brighton, who has a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Desperate Texas Couple Considering Divorce to Afford Health Care for Their Disabled Daughter," 11 July 2018 Rome suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disorder of progressive muscular weakness that mainly occurs in males. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Firefighters answer call to make boy's birthday dream come true," 7 July 2018 Many survivors endured lingering PTSD, a psychological disorder that often went undiagnosed during this time. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries," 7 Dec. 2018 Griffin — a 6-foot, 227-pound rookie linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks — was born with amniotic band syndrome, a congenital disorder that disrupted the development of the fingers on his left hand. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin keeps telling his story so that kids like these can tell theirs," 21 Nov. 2018 But there are no proteins in the blood or other physical markers that confirm that someone has a particular personality disorder. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why attempts to diagnose Jake Paul as a sociopath are even worse than doing it with Trump," 9 Oct. 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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