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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The Narwhal’s crew also was tasked with establishing and managing a mile-wide safety zone around the Conception wreckage to keep pleasure craft and other unauthorized vessels from disrupting search and salvage operations. David C. Henley, Daily Pilot, "‘It will live with me forever’: Coast Guard officer recalls 4 days of duty at site of dive boat tragedy," 9 Sep. 2019 Advocates for Dauphin Island have challenged the Corps to use sand from the dredging to combat erosion of the island’s beaches, saying the channel weakens the island by disrupting the natural flow of sand. al, "Plan to enlarge Mobile Ship Channel cleared to proceed," 9 Sep. 2019 The Orlando City midfield will be one of the keys to disrupting this style of play, both in breaking up LAFC’s possession of the ball and controlling the Lions’ rhythm of play. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City preps for shifted lineups against LAFC as both teams cope with call-ups," 6 Sep. 2019 The rules for short-term rentals such as Airbnb and VRBO were established by the Denver City Council in 2016 after residents began complaining that people coming and going from houses were disrupting residential neighborhoods. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Some Denver short-term rental owners are giving up their licenses, rather than risk criminal charges," 4 Sep. 2019 Partial replacements can worsen conditions by disrupting pipelines and dislodging lead. Maura C. Allaire, The Conversation, "How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all," 3 Sep. 2019 There is something about disrupting the workplace in this way that is deeply anti-conservative. Matt Shapiro, National Review, "Conservatives Need More Than Courage," 28 Aug. 2019 Towns where a dog could fall asleep on the main drag without disrupting traffic. Cirrus Wood, The Mercury News, "Weekend getaway: A Sacramento Delta road trip with bikes, beer and more," 25 Aug. 2019 In addition, industry experts say Jio’s latest moves are in line with the group’s strategy of disrupting businesses through innovation and pricing. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Reliance Jio’s OTT blitzkrieg needn’t worry rivals—for now," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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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)


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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