disorder

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verb

dis·​or·​der (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-dər How to pronounce disorder (audio)
(ˌ)diz-
disordered; disordering; disorders

transitive verb

1
: to disturb the order of
2
: to disturb the regular or normal functions of

disorder

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noun

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

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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Verb
The structure explains why things remain disordered outside of a complex. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 Sep. 2023 Winningham sings, and in light of Elizabeth’s plight — a woman with a mind disordered by grief — the words have a coincidental authority. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for disorder 

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorder. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

disorder

1 of 2 verb
dis·​or·​der (ˈ)dis-ˈȯrd-ər How to pronounce disorder (audio)
1
: to disturb the order of
2
: to disturb the regular or normal functions of

disorder

2 of 2 noun
1
: lack of order : a state or condition without order
clothes in disorder
2
: an abnormal physical or mental condition : ailment

Medical Definition

disorder

1 of 2 transitive verb
dis·​or·​der (ˈ)dis-ˈȯrd-ər, (ˈ)diz- How to pronounce disorder (audio)
disordered; disordering -ˈȯrd-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce disorder (audio)
: to disturb the regular or normal functions of

disorder

2 of 2 noun
: an abnormal physical or mental condition : ailment
an intestinal disorder
a nervous disorder

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