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

On Tuesday, the Indian Psychiatric Society called for decriminalization, saying homosexuality was not a disorder. New York Times, "India’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex," 10 July 2018 Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in young people is a genetic disorder that often does not produce symptoms. Aneri Pattani, Philly.com, "Penn State football recruit Nana Asiedu quits due to heart condition," 28 June 2018 Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a disorder of the brain that causes extreme mood swings, including extreme emotional highs and lows. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Kate Spade's death prompts questions about bipolar disorder," 6 June 2018 And that was still being told by associations of degreed professionals that homosexuality was a psychological disorder. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Look how far they've come! Jim Parsons in the Broadway revival of 'Boys in the Band'," 31 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Autism is a social and behavioral disorder that qualifies the Brown's fifth-grade student for special education under federal laws. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Parents: Autistic child injured by school resource officer | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 May 2018 That disease is a bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency of a protein that helps blood to clot. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Joan C. Gill remembered as advocate for her patients with bleeding disorders," 14 May 2018 Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that produces feelings of vertigo, as well as tinnitus (or ringing) and hearing loss. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Huey Lewis Opens Up About Sudden Hearing Loss: 'I Haven't Come to Grips with the Fact That I May Never Sing Again'," 7 May 2018 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating, degenerative neurological disorder. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: ALS Voice Recreation, $300 Hep C Drug, Opioid Lawsuits," 12 Apr. 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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