dis·​turbed | \ di-ˈstərbd How to pronounce disturbed (audio) \

Definition of disturbed

: showing symptoms of emotional illness disturbed children disturbed behavior

Examples of disturbed in a Sentence

He seems very disturbed about his work lately.
Recent Examples on the Web An area of disturbed weather over the North Atlantic Ocean strengthened into the latest tropical storm on Sunday night and made its way into the record books. Fox News, "Tropical Storm Edouard forms in far North Atlantic, enters the record books," 7 July 2020 Last weekend, photographer Tyler Gerth, 27, was fatally shot by what protesters and police say was an agitated and disturbed demonstrator who unleashed a volley of gunfire inside the park just before sunset. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Man shot, killed in area of downtown Louisville protest site," 2 July 2020 In between the disturbed areas of cool and damp weather, the heat is forecast to build into the Midwest this week. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Southeast to see days of heavy rainfall as critical wildfire conditions linger out West," 15 June 2020 And the response, which is hopeful and heartening to me, is that people—not just black Americans—in this country are really disturbed and appropriately so. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "A Civil Rights Expert Explains the Social Science of Police Racism," 4 June 2020 As of Monday morning the large area of disturbed weather was over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical depression ‘likely’ to form in the Gulf soon, hurricane center says," 1 June 2020 The man appears to be not only disturbed but also irrational. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Busy couple finds visits with Dad a chore," 1 Mar. 2020 Pursued by a vengeful sheriff, the disturbed young man embarks on a murderous rampage that shapes him into a legendary killer known as Leatherface. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of disturbed

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disturbed was in 1904

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11 Jul 2020

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“Disturbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disturbed. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce disturbed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disturbed

: having or showing evidence of a mental or emotional illness
: worried and unhappy
of sleep : affected by a disturbance


dis·​turbed | \ di-ˈstərbd \

Kids Definition of disturbed

: showing signs of mental or emotional illness He works with emotionally disturbed patients.


dis·​turbed | \ dis-ˈtərbd How to pronounce disturbed (audio) \

Medical Definition of disturbed

1 : showing symptoms of emotional or mental illness disturbed children disturbed behavior
2 : designed for or occupied by disturbed patients disturbed wards

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