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 Their most common problem was fatigue, followed by difficulty concentrating, disturbed smell or taste, memory trouble, and a hard time breathing. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 1 July 2021 Seeing those free throws has Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer a bit disturbed, especially since his team attempted just 16 and made only nine. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 No complaints today with 70s and low humidity, but the chance (opportunity) for showers and T-storms increases on Friday as the next area of disturbed weather approaches. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 Cheatgrass is a nonnative species that can proliferate in disturbed environments and burns readily, destroying sagebrush and other native plants. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021 But 52% of those between the ages of 16 to 30 complained of disturbed taste and/or smell (28%), fatigue (21%), dyspnea (13%) and impaired concentration (13%) and memory (11%). Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 23 June 2021 An area of disturbed weather is likely to become a tropical depression today, but regardless of development, heavy rain and flooding will continue across southern Mexico and Central America. Janice Dean, Fox News, 17 June 2021 San Francisco's roughest neighborhoods can seem dominated by the homeless, the mentally disturbed, and those openly using drugs. CBS News, 6 June 2021 Another disturbed man hopped the fence, and got to within yards of where President Trump was sleeping upstairs. CBS News, 16 May 2021

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First Known Use of disturbed

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Disturbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disturbed. Accessed 28 Jul. 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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