disrupt

verb
dis·​rupt | \ dis-ˈrəpt How to pronounce disrupt (audio) \
disrupted; disrupting; disrupts

Definition of disrupt

transitive verb

1a : to break apart : rupture three periods of faulting disrupted the rocksUniversity of Arizona Record
b : to throw into disorder demonstrators trying to disrupt the meeting
2 : to interrupt the normal course or unity of disrupted a bridge game by permanently hiding up the ace of spades …— Scott Fitzgerald can disrupt an industry with new technology

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Other Words from disrupt

disrupter or less commonly disruptor noun

Examples of disrupt in a Sentence

The barking dogs disrupted my sleep. The weather disrupted our travel plans. a chemical that disrupts cell function
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In 2017, the group organized an action that went viral when youth delegates disrupted the White House panel promoting fossil fuels at the UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Youth-Led Climate Justice Groups Helping to Save the Environment," 28 Mar. 2019 And yes, my parents used to pick up the phone and disrupt my dial-up Internet escapades. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum," 22 Dec. 2018 In the lead-up to the midterm elections, Trump baselessly accused Soros of paying protesters who disrupted the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Republican congressman spreads anti-Semitic Soros conspiracy theory with impunity on Fox Business," 6 Dec. 2018 Nonetheless, the duties will hurt sales and disrupt supply chains for some industries and businesses. Don Lee, latimes.com, "U.S. and China slap big tariffs on each other, escalating trade fight," 6 July 2018 Many of the tech industry’s biggest leaders attend Brainstorm Tech in search of a competitive edge and to avoid being disrupted into oblivion. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "Watch Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference Livestream," 2 July 2018 The company, which has more than 29 million business and individual customers, said on Friday that the outages stemmed from fiber optic cables at two internet infrastructure companies that were cut or otherwise disrupted. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Friday's Massive Comcast Outage Shows How Fragile the Internet Is," 29 June 2018 However, copper IUDs do not disrupt implantation of a fertilized egg that has already occurred, according to ACOG. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Here's How Emergency Contraception Actually Works," 1 Apr. 2019 In very good news, this angle does not disrupt or dilute Spider-Verse's focus on a few important characters and their relationships. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of disrupt

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for disrupt

Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere, from dis- + rumpere to break — more at reave

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disrupt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disrupt

: to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way : to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something)

disrupt

verb
dis·​rupt | \ dis-ˈrəpt How to pronounce disrupt (audio) \
disrupted; disrupting

Kids Definition of disrupt

1 : to cause disorder in disrupted the class
2 : to interrupt the normal course of Barking dogs disrupted my sleep.

Other Words from disrupt

disruption \ dis-​ˈrəp-​shən \ noun
disruptive \ -​ˈrəp-​tiv \ adjective

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