unsettle

verb un·set·tle \ ˌən-ˈse-tᵊl \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of unsettle

transitive verb
1 : to loosen or move from a settled state or condition : make unstable : disorder
2 : to perturb or agitate mentally or emotionally : discompose
intransitive verb
: to become unsettled

Examples of unsettle in a Sentence

  1. Such a sudden change will unsettle her.

  2. the news that the local grocery store had sold contaminated produce unsettled many shoppers

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First Known Use of unsettle

1598


UNSETTLE Defined for English Language Learners

unsettle

verb

Definition of unsettle for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) nervous, worried, or upset


UNSETTLE Defined for Kids

unsettle

verb un·set·tle \ ˌən-ˈse-tᵊl \

Definition of unsettle for Students

unsettled; unsettling
: to disturb the quiet or order of : upset
  • Spicy food unsettles my stomach.
  • Social changes can unsettle old beliefs.


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