disturb Definition

  • 1to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle
  • 2to interfere with; interrupt; hinder
  • 3to trouble emotionally or mentally; upset

Using disturb: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "disturb" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The loud noise from the construction site disturbed my concentration.

  • Example

    Please do not disturb the sleeping baby.

  • Example

    The bad news disturbed him greatly.

disturb Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for disturb

Idioms Using disturb

  • to remain calm and composed despite difficulties or problems


    She refused to let the criticism disturb her peace of mind.

  • disturb the hornet's nest

    to cause trouble or provoke a strong reaction from a group of people


    The politician's comments about immigration policy disturbed the hornet's nest of public opinion.

  • to cause significant change or disruption in the world


    The invention of the internet has disturbed the universe of communication and information sharing.

Phrases with disturb

  • to cause a public disturbance or break the law


    The police arrested the protesters for disturbing the peace.

  • disturb someone's sleep

    to wake someone up or prevent them from sleeping well


    The noise from the party next door disturbed my sleep.

  • to upset the equilibrium or stability of something


    The sudden influx of new employees disturbed the balance of power in the company.

Origins of disturb

from Latin 'disturbare', meaning 'to throw into disorder'


Summary: disturb in Brief

'Disturb' [dɪˈstɜːrb] means to interrupt the peace, quiet, or order of something or someone. It can also mean to trouble emotionally or mentally. Examples include 'The loud noise from the construction site disturbed my concentration,' and 'Please do not disturb the sleeping baby.' Phrases like 'disturb the peace' and idioms like 'not let something disturb your peace of mind' further illustrate the term.

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