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.

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The area of disturbed weather in the Gulf of Mexico is not yet Tropical Storm Barry, but the system is expected to strengthen into Hurricane Barry by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said this evening. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Barry will become Hurricane Barry by Friday, forecasters say," 10 July 2019 But this current was tricky to measure until just a few years ago—the fragile, ultra-sensitive devices that were capable of identifying the ions flowing in and out of cells couldn’t be disturbed and wouldn’t work on a dry environment like skin. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Weedy plants readily spread, especially in disturbed areas, but generally do not pose a threat to the integrity of native plant communities. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "How to identify weeds and invasive species vs. ornamental plants," 20 June 2019 So far, the Trump administration hasn’t disturbed commercial flight schedules to Cuba as U.S. airlines continued to fly to and from Cuba out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami International Airport and other U.S. airports. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "You can still fly to Cuba despite Trump’s new ban. Here’s how.," 7 June 2019 These findings indicated that VNS might be beneficial for disorders beyond ones that are marked by disturbed electrical signaling, such as autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Scientific American, "Electroceuticals," 14 Sep. 2018 Walking through Mid-Market today, one is almost guaranteed to see open-air drug dealing, hear the yelling of mentally disturbed homeless vagrants, and smell urine on the sidewalks. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 The costs of a disturbed climate are becoming increasingly burdensome and apparent. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years," 4 June 2019 As the film opens, a tenuous reunion has been engineered by Amanda’s mother, who is paying Lily to tutor (and befriend) her disturbed daughter. Pat Padua, kansascity, "In ‘Thoroughbreds,’ dark deeds brew in the suburbs | The Kansas City Star," 8 Mar. 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 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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