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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The ban took effect Monday, disrupting travel for thousands of passengers. Washington Post, "Now it’s personal: Georgian TV host unleashes nasty tirade against Putin as tensions with Russia escalate," 9 July 2019 The ban took effect Monday, disrupting travel for thousands of passengers. BostonGlobe.com, "Georgian TV host unleashes tirade against Putin as tensions with Russia escalate," 8 July 2019 While the weather has disrupted fireworks plans, Anchorage will still proceed with a Fourth of July pancake breakfast, a community parade and a festival with food vendors. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Anchorage Has Never Reached 90 Degrees. That Could Change This Week.," 4 July 2019 This film has been shuffled around for a couple years now after the end of The Weinstein Company disrupted the initial release plans for it. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Hobbs & Shaw, Charlie’s Angels, and more," 29 June 2019 The president, who previously has disrupted carefully choreographed summits by attacking allies and adversaries alike, attended a dinner Friday evening at the ancient Osaka Castle. Author: Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump jokes to Putin: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’," 28 June 2019 In August 2018, former Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in several counties as the red tide disrupted the state’s tourism industry. Talal Ansari, WSJ, "Florida’s Red Tide Killed At Least 174 Dolphins," 27 June 2019 After two summers of extreme heat disrupted business and caused swelling pages and blurry prints, the printing company found that a nascent cooling industry could offer help. Haleema Shah, Smithsonian, "The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner," 24 June 2019 It is well known that excessive or inappropriate antibiotic use can disrupt the microbiome, leading to infection, autoimmunity and even cancer. Scientific American, "Meet the Eye Microbiome," 23 June 2019

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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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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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