disrupt

verb
dis·​rupt | \dis-ˈrəpt \

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 also disruptor noun
disruption \-​ˈrəp-​shən \ noun
disruptive \-​ˈrəp-​tiv \ adjective
disruptively adverb
disruptiveness 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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How to Invent Everything is a non-fiction book in a sci-fi framework, imaging a world of mostly peaceful time travel, with each leap into the past creating its own parallel universe that won’t disrupt our main timeline. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Guide for Reinventing the World If Your Time Machine Gets Stuck in the Past," 18 Sep. 2018 That’s defined as no more than two drinks a day for a man and one a day for a woman (zero if pregnant, because alcohol disrupts fetal development). Joel Achenbach, The Seattle Times, "A huge clinical trial collapses, and research on alcohol remains befuddling," 6 Aug. 2018 In Wisconsin, the strictest of these states, rules drafted by the state university’s board of regents allow students to be expelled if they are found to have disrupted the speech of other students three times. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions," 3 Aug. 2018 That's because the biggest issue with asbestos is breathing it in, and asbestos only gets aerosolized if something disrupts it. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do if You Think You’ve Been Exposed to Asbestos," 20 July 2018 But a spokesman for the agency noted there are plans to make sure organ procurement and transplantation would not be disrupted, Lenny and Kimberly report. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'ACA' removed from swaths of Medicaid.gov website, watchdog reports," 12 July 2018 While Canadians say the political landscape seems to be changing, their feelings toward Detroit aren't disrupted. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Windsor residents keep crossing into 'funner' Detroit," 25 June 2018 One positive, Meyer said: The renovations will take place during the slower summer travel season and should not disrupt the busy winter months. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A million fewer people will fly out of Fort Lauderdale airport next summer. Here's why," 19 June 2018 Echoing Giuliani’s view, former White House strategist Steve Bannon said there was no need for pardons because Trump could disrupt the Russia investigation by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller. Time, "Rudy Giuliani Says President Trump Could Use Pardon Power After Russia Probe," 18 June 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 \
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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