disturbed

adjective

dis·​turbed di-ˈstərbd How to pronounce disturbed (audio)
1
: experiencing or exhibiting emotional disturbance or agitation : having a mental disability or illness
… the San Francisco police department, for example, handles 18,000 calls involving emotionally disturbed citizens every year. Newsweek
2
a
: characterized or affected by interference, alteration, or disruption
restoration of disturbed habitats
disturbed sleep
b
: departing or deviating from a normal condition : marked by impairment
disturbed glucose metabolism
a disturbed gait

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Example Sentences

He seems very disturbed about his work lately.
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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of disturbed was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Disturbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disturbed. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

disturbed

adjective

dis·​turbed
di-ˈstərbd
: showing signs of mental or emotional illness
He works with emotionally disturbed patients.

Medical Definition

disturbed

adjective

dis·​turbed dis-ˈtərbd How to pronounce disturbed (audio)
1
: experiencing or exhibiting emotional disturbance or agitation : having a mental disability or illness
Emotionally disturbed students over a long period of time and to a marked degree exhibit such characteristics as a general pervasive mood of depression, a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems or an inability to learn. Rodney Tanaka, San Gabriel Valley (California) Tribune
2
a
: characterized or affected by alteration or disruption
disturbed sleep
b
: departing or deviating from a normal condition : marked by impairment
disturbed glucose metabolism
a disturbed gait

Last Updated: 29 Aug 2022

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