disrupt

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verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\

Definition of disrupt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to break apart :  rupture b :  to throw into disorder <agitators trying to disrupt the meeting>

  3. 2 :  to interrupt the normal course or unity of

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

Origin and Etymology of disrupt

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


First Known Use: 1793


DISRUPT Defined for English Language Learners

disrupt

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verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\

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

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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