AskDefine | Define disturb

Dictionary Definition

disturb

Verb

1 move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought" [syn: upset, trouble]
2 change the arrangement or position of [syn: agitate, vex, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up]
3 tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!" [syn: touch]
4 destroy the peace or tranquility of; "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading" [syn: interrupt]
5 damage as if by shaking or jarring; "Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Latin disturbare, intensifying for turbare, "to throw into disorder".

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. to confuse or irritate a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids.
    The noisy ventilation disturbed me during the exam.
    The performance was disturbed twice by a ringing mobile phone.
    A school of fish disturbed the water.
  2. to divert, redirect, or alter by disturbing.
    A mudslide disturbed the course of the river.
    The trauma disturbed his mind.
  3. to have a negative emotional impact; to cause emotional irritation or confusion.
    A disturbing film that tries to explore the mind of a serial killer.
    His behaviour is very disturbing.

Derived terms

Translations

confuse or irritate
negative emotional impact

Extensive Definition

Disturb means "to throw into disorder".
It can also refer to the following;

Film

Music

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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