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 And forecasters are still monitoring an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Caribbean that has a 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next several days. Roger Simmons, Orlando Sentinel, 2 July 2022 Robertz said another common thread among shooters is the connection between a disturbed adolescence and escapes into a fantasy world. Tim Meko, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Robertz said another common thread among shooters is the connection between a disturbed adolescence and escapes into a fantasy world. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Meghan Hoyer And Tim Meko, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2022 The disturbed area of storms is near the Yucatan Peninsula and in the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 2 June 2022 The area of disturbed weather, which is draping storms across nearly the entirety of the Caribbean Sea that lies west of Jamaica, has a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 1 June 2022 This has the attention of forecasters across South Florida, as this area of disturbed weather moves in that direction. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 1 June 2022 In May 1988, Andrew was 20 and at home in Winnetka after a disturbed woman entered Winnetka’s Hubbard Woods Elementary School killing one child and wounding five others. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 31 May 2022 The number is a term for a mentally disturbed person under Section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for disturbed

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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