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disrupt (dɪsˈrʌpt



  1. (transitive) to throw into turmoil or disorder
  2. (transitive) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
  3. to break or split (something) apart

Derived Forms

disˈrupter, or disˈruptor  noun
disˈruption  noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin disruptus burst asunder, from dīrumpere to dash to pieces, from dis-1 + rumpere to burst


View thesaurus entry
= interrupt, stop, upset, hold up, interfere with, unsettle, obstruct, cut short, intrude on, break up or into

Translations for 'disrupt'

  • British English: disrupt If someone or something disrupts an event or process, they cause problems that prevent it from continuing normally.Anti-war protesters disrupted the debate.dɪsˈrʌpt VERB
  • Arabic: يُعَطِّلُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: interromper
  • Chinese: 扰乱
  • Croatian: omesti
  • Czech: narušit narušovat
  • Danish: afbryde
  • Dutch: verstoren
  • European Spanish: perturbardesbaratar
  • Finnish: keskeyttää
  • French: déranger
  • German: stören
  • Greek: διακόπτω
  • Italian: interrompere
  • Japanese: 混乱させる
  • Korean: 중단시키다
  • Norwegian: avbryte
  • Polish: rozerwać rozrywać
  • Portuguese: interromper
  • Romanian: a întrerupe
  • Russian: сорвать
  • Spanish: perturbar
  • Swedish: avbryta
  • Thai: ทำให้ยุ่งเหยิง
  • Turkish: bölmekkonuşma/söz
  • Ukrainian: підривати підірвати
  • Vietnamese: làm gián đoạn

Example Sentences Including 'disrupt'

And that was a force which could disrupt the moribund order - of the family, the military, the state.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
His Skilling can inadvertently disrupt Dutiful just as he is trying to learn.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
She looked at the mass of papers on the desk, afraid to disrupt their order even if there didn't seem to be any.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence


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