Definition of disrupt
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
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
Recent Examples of disrupt from the Web
Children won't risk disrupting court proceedings while at the same time being kept away from potentially traumatizing testimony.
Train services around the region were disrupted and dozens of flights from Moscow’s airports delayed.
According to Al Jazeera, high winds also disrupted local train services and delayed dozens of flights from Moscow.
The meeting came as Mr. Trump was openly feuding with American intelligence agencies and their conclusion that Russia had tried to disrupt the presidential election and turn it in his favor.
Sleep is so fundamental to all aspects of our lives that having the climate disrupt it many more days per month is a real and important cost.
PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s youngest son was among eight people charged for allegedly disrupting a March rally in support of President Donald Trump.
TriMet said the Blue, Green and Red MAX lines were disrupted and that the transit center was closed.
Any attempts to renegotiate would likely disrupt U.S. companies’ operations, hurt U.S. exporters, and hit U.S. consumers with higher prices.
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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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