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
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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