disturbed

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

Definition of disturbed

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
2a : 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

Examples of disturbed in a Sentence

He seems very disturbed about his work lately.
Recent Examples on the Web The Academy responded with a nomination but no award, but its vision of one disturbed man’s plumbing of the lower depths has proved enduring. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 27 Apr. 2021 The National Hurricane Center has also been monitoring an area of disturbed weather in the western Gulf of Mexico since Thursday. Haley Brink, CNN, 22 May 2021 Paramedics — not just police officers — could impose mental health holds on disturbed people in San Francisco under legislation introduced Tuesday. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 Building smart solar developments on canals and other disturbed land can make power and water infrastructure more resilient while saving water, reducing costs and helping to fight climate change. Brandi Mckuin, The Conversation, 3 May 2021 Plunging ever deeper into the green, the pair are met with violence at the hands of a disturbed hermit, Zach (Reece Shearsmith). Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 My straight friend looked more than a little disturbed. Bryan Washington, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2021 Upon arrival, the fire department crews found three people that had been stung multiple times after a swarm of bees had become disturbed. Peiyu Lin, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2021 The attack was a worrisome sign that since Jan. 6, the Capitol has become a magnet for angry or disturbed people. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of disturbed

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of disturbed was in 1593

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“Disturbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disturbed. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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disturbed

adjective

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

disturbed

adjective
dis·​turbed | \ di-ˈstərbd \

Kids Definition of disturbed

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

disturbed

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

Medical Definition of disturbed

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
2a : 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

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