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- (transitive) To throw into confusion or disorder.
- Hecklers disrupted the man's speech.
- (transitive) To interrupt or impede.
2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
- Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits. ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
- Work on the tunnel was disrupted by a strike.
- To improve a product or service in ways that displaces an established one and surprises the market.
- The internet makes it easier for leaner businesses to disrupt the larger and more unwieldy ones.
to throw into confusion or disorder
to interrupt or impede something
- (obsolete) Torn off or torn asunder; severed; disrupted.