disorder

verb
dis·​or·​der | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-dər How to pronounce disorder (audio) , (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

But even in the randomness of the routes to disorder taken by so many complex systems, science has found a regularity. Martin Weil, BostonGlobe.com, "Mitchell Feigenbaum, an architect of chaos theory, dies at 74," 14 July 2019 But even in the randomness of the routes to disorder taken by so many complex systems, science has found a regularity. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Mitchell Feigenbaum, an architect of chaos theory, dies at 74," 12 July 2019 Nadal is drawn to order and ritual, Kyrgios to disorder and the intoxication of improvisation. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Doesn’t Fall for Nick Kyrgios’s Bag of Tricks," 4 July 2019 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

He is tethered to a blood pressure machine and a feeding pump that regulates his potentially life-threatening kidney disorder. Bend Bulletin, oregonlive, "Oregon mother fears deportation as her son waits for a kidney transplant," 3 Sep. 2019 There's nothing specific in the official manual of mental disorders. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Back to work blues are real and treatable," 2 Sep. 2019 Despite the seeming disparity of these disorders, Paller speculates on a possible molecular connection. Scientific American, "Researchers Optimistic About Breaking Stride Of The Atopic March," 26 Aug. 2019 Before this study, there wasn’t much evidence to suggest that air pollution could heighten the risk of eye disorders. Alice Park, Time, "Yet Another Health Problem Linked to Air Pollution: Eye Disease," 22 Aug. 2019 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, as it’s called, is a group of nervous system disorders affecting the body’s connective tissues. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Murder conviction overturned for Wasilla man charged with killing 15-month-old daughter," 27 July 2019 The experiment also is meant to shed light on the nature of neurological disorders. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mission to carry UC San Diego ‘mini-brains’ to space station delayed by bad weather," 24 July 2019 The addition of gaming disorder will likely come as little surprise to doctors who have worked with patients with gaming addictions. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Video Game Addiction: These Are the Warning Signs to Look Out For," 11 July 2019 Researchers have begun to unravel the genetic origins of this disorder through DNA samples. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Why Is PCOS Still So Hard for Doctors to Understand?," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce disorder (audio) \
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- How to pronounce disorder (audio) \
disordered; disordering\ -​ˈȯrd-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce disordering (audio) \

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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