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disorder

verb dis·or·der \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-dər , (ˌ)diz- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of disorder

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

Examples of disorder in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of disorder from the Web

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First Known Use of disorder

15th century


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disorder

noun

Definition of disorder

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

  1. The mayor is concerned that a rally could create public disorder.

  2. problems of crime and social disorder

  3. Millions of people suffer from some form of personality disorder.

Recent Examples of disorder from the Web

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First Known Use of disorder

1523



DISORDER Defined for English Language Learners

disorder

noun

Definition of disorder for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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disorder

verb dis·or·der \ dis-ˈȯr-dər \

Definition of disorder for Students

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

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disorder

noun

Definition of disorder for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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disorder

transitive verb dis·or·der \ (ˈ)dis-ˈȯrd-ər, (ˈ)diz- \

medical Definition of disorder

disordered; disordering play \-ˈȯrd-(ə-)riŋ\
: to disturb the regular or normal functions of

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disorder

noun

medical Definition of disorder

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


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