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.

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Clinton and her base will remain no less disturbed that Comey chose to clear her in a way that sure sounded like an indictment in the court of public opinion. John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,’ by James Comey," 17 Apr. 2018 Officers did a walk-through with owner's son and found nothing disturbed. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange police blotter: Reports of suspicious people near homes," 23 Feb. 2018 In the aftermath, Daryl beats the man in front of a crowd of disturbed onlookers, stopping only when Carol grabs hold of him. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The Walking Dead is finally tackling morality like it’s smarter than a comic book," 15 Oct. 2018 The load of bacteria in their feces was lower, and the microbial communities in their lower GI tracts were still significantly disturbed. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 Whoever said table games were only for game rooms was seriously disturbed — or at least didn't do their research, because there are some pretty cool space-saving options out there and, yes, a Ping Pong Door is one of them. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Ping Pong Door Is Exactly What Your Home Needs," 4 Sep. 2018 Some of our members are scared and very disturbed and disgusted with the situation. Mallory Simon, CNN, "Moms took children to a mosque and live-streamed their hate-filled tirade," 16 Mar. 2018 Muller was taken to the hospital on Sept. 9 after police were called to the Queens home about an emotionally disturbed person. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Knife-wielding woman killed by New York City police had 'history of calls' to her home, officials say," 19 Sep. 2018 Police contend that the officers acted appropriately to both save him and protect the lifeguard and themselves from a disturbed person. Rachel Weiner, chicagotribune.com, "Virginia man who tried to drown himself in pool is suing the people who pulled him out," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disturbed

1904, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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