Definition of disrupt
1 a : to break apart : rupture b : to throw into disorder <agitators trying to disrupt the meeting>
2 : to interrupt the normal course or unity of
disruptionplay \-ˈrəp-shən\ noun
disruptiveplay \-ˈrəp-tiv\ adjective
Examples of disrupt in a sentence
The barking dogs disrupted my sleep.
The weather disrupted our travel plans.
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
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
Definition of disrupt for Students
1 : to cause disorder in <disrupted the class>
2 : to interrupt the normal course of <Barking dogs disrupted my sleep.>
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