Examples of perturb in a Sentence
It perturbed him that his son was thinking about leaving school.
the caller's strange remark perturbed me enough to keep me awake that night
Recent Examples of perturb from the Web
Fosse finally put his foot down with that one perturbing fan request.
For months, the startling image of the lurid leader marching down the Mall has perturbed the public.
Trump, in Comey's telling, was perturbed at the rumor and even suggested Comey and the FBI investigate it to disprove it.
I'm deeply perturbed by how this process has played out.
Frank ultimately agrees with Usher in a meeting, perturbing Stamper even further.
Trump’s information-sharing with Russia may not perturb some US allies that are more focused on garnering US support for other priorities.
After looking at the odd orbits of dwarf planets and other rocky bodies beyond Pluto, researchers hypothesized that a large body was perturbing their journeys through space.
This week, the good doctor is perturbed to find out that many of Sherlock’s fans don’t know that Watson is actually writing the online content.
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Did You Know?
With its per- prefix, perturb meant originally "thoroughly upset", though today the word has lost most of its intense edge. Perturb and perturbation are often used by scientists, usually when speaking of a change in their data indicating that something has affected some normal process. When someone is referred to as imperturbable, it means he or she manages to remain calm through the most trying experiences.
Synonym Discussion of perturb
PERTURB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perturb for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to be worried or upset
PERTURB Defined for Kids
Definition of perturb for Students
: to disturb in mind : trouble greatly
Word Root of perturb
The Latin word turba, meaning “disorder,” gives us the root turb. Words from the Latin turba have something to do with disorder. To disturb is to cause disorder to something or to someone's feelings. To perturb, or trouble, is to cause disorder to someone's mind. Anything turbulent is in a state of violence or disorder.
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