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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Such action would disrupt some centers in the universal prekindergarten program, which has been one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature achievements. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Preschool Workers Mull Strike as Union Discusses Pay," 2 Apr. 2019 Nothing disrupts the calm, meditative benefits of yoga like the thought of practicing your poses on an icky mat. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How to Clean Your Yoga Mat," 6 Mar. 2019 The process of thawing and refreezing can disrupt the bacteria and mold that naturally grow in aging food, allowing them to multiply when the temperature rises enough. Christina Oehler, Woman's Day, "This Is How Long Frozen Meat Is Good For," 22 Jan. 2019 Airlines, meanwhile, have benefited from lower fuel costs and generally have given strong forecasts for the year, despite the partial government shutdown that disrupted travel in December and January. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Transports Are Rallying but Aren’t Yet Sending ‘An All Clear’ on Economy," 11 Feb. 2019 Most research on the cause of this interesting climate event has focused on mechanisms that could disrupt Atlantic Ocean circulation and halt its heat transport—roughly the plot of The Day After Tomorrow. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge, previously unknown impact crater found beneath Greenland’s ice," 18 Nov. 2018 Bipolar disorder causes extreme shifts in mood and energy that can disrupt a person’s life. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy Can Help Treat Bipolar Disorder," 1 Nov. 2018 Hackers have targeted the Port of San Diego in a ransomware attack that disrupted the agency’s IT systems. James Rogers, Fox News, "San Diego port targeted in ransomware attack," 28 Sep. 2018 Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images Here’s what went on behind the scenes as Amazon engineers scrambled to fix Prime Day glitches that disrupted the e-commerce behemoth’s biggest sale day of the year. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Behind the scenes at Amazon’s Prime Day disaster," 20 July 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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