disrupt

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verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\

Definition of disrupt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to break apart :  rupture three periods of faulting disrupted the rocks — University of Arizona Recordb :  to throw into disorder demonstrators trying to disrupt the meeting

  3. 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

disrupter

noun

disruption

play \-ˈrəp-shən\ noun

disruptive

play \-ˈrəp-tiv\ adjective

disruptively

adverb

disruptiveness

noun

Examples of disrupt in a Sentence

  1. The barking dogs disrupted my sleep.

  2. The weather disrupted our travel plans.

  3. a chemical that disrupts cell function

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Origin and Etymology of disrupt

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


DISRUPT Defined for English Language Learners

disrupt

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verb

Definition of disrupt for English Language Learners

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


DISRUPT Defined for Kids

disrupt

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verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\

Definition of disrupt for Students

disrupted

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disrupting

  1. 1 :  to cause disorder in disrupted the class

  2. 2 :  to interrupt the normal course of Barking dogs disrupted my sleep.

disruption

\dis-ˈrəp-shən\ noun

disruptive

\-ˈrəp-tiv\ adjective


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