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- (transitive) To throw into confusion or disorder.
- Hecklers disrupted the man's speech.
- (transitive) To interrupt or impede.
- Work on the tunnel was disrupted by a strike.
- 1961 February, “Talking of Trains: The Glasgow debacle”, in Trains Illustrated, page 66:
- The Glaswegians bore good-humouredly the mishaps which occasionally disrupted the services during the first month.
- 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children’s brains”, in 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.
- 2017, Anthony J. McMichael, Alistair Woodward, Cameron Muir, Climate Change and the Health of Nations, →ISBN, page 51:
- In the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic region, where 2°C warming has already occurred since 1950, the loss of coastal sea ice and permafrost is disrupting traditional Inuit hunting routines.
- (transitive) To improve a product or service in ways that displace an established one and surprise 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
to improve a product or service in ways that displace an established one and surprise the market
- (obsolete) Torn off or torn asunder; severed; disrupted.
- disrupt in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- disrupt in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- disrupt at OneLook Dictionary Search