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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Recent Examples on the Web Witches exist on the margins, in the shadows, ever threatening to invade and disrupt the sanctity of the social order. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, "Deconstructing Disney: Motherhood and the Taming of Maleficent," 8 Oct. 2020 The South Korean company is building a factory in Georgia to help meet this demand, but a fight over trade secrets has put the plant’s future in jeopardy and could disrupt new model launches, both auto makers have said in legal filings. Ben Foldy, WSJ, "GM, Ford Need Electric-Car Batteries, but Take Different Paths to Get Them," 3 Oct. 2020 Stanton, who had an extra point blocked earlier in the game, did just that after Fayetteville used three timeouts to try and disrupt the senior kicker. Rick Fires, Arkansas Online, "Clutch kick lifts Grizzlies," 3 Oct. 2020 The charges, which may disrupt a key component of the global cryptocurrency market, sent most cryptocurrencies into an immediate selloff. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Giant cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX hit with criminal and civil money laundering charges," 1 Oct. 2020 The attacks would prevent users from accessing those online resources and could temporarily disrupt business activities. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "FBI and CISA issue warning to voters regarding election-related cyberattacks," 30 Sep. 2020 The wings make lift happen, but also disrupt that smooth air over the fuselage. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "This weird-looking plane could someday be a fast, clean option for air travel," 28 Sep. 2020 Such attacks seek to lock users out of their computers, demanding a hefty ransom to regain access, and can significantly disrupt operations for days or even weeks. Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg.com, "Hackers Have Infiltrated Many of Washington State’s Agencies," 27 Sep. 2020 Birds sing louder in noisy environments, and research has shown the resulting stress can speed aging and disrupt their metabolisms. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "When COVID-19 silenced cities, birdsong recaptured its former glory," 24 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of disrupt was in 1793

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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disrupt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrupt. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce disrupt (audio)

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)


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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