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disrupt (dɪsˈrʌpt Pronunciation for disrupt



  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, 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: disruptPronunciation for 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: يُعَطِّلُPronunciation for يُعَطِّلُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: interromperPronunciation for interromper
  • Chinese: 扰乱Pronunciation for 扰乱
  • Croatian: omestiPronunciation for omesti
  • Czech: narušitPronunciation for narušit narušovat
  • Danish: afbrydePronunciation for afbryde
  • Dutch: verstorenPronunciation for verstoren
  • European Spanish: perturbarPronunciation for perturbardesbaratar
  • Finnish: keskeyttääPronunciation for keskeyttää
  • French: dérangerPronunciation for déranger
  • German: störenPronunciation for stören
  • Greek: διακόπτωPronunciation for διακόπτω
  • Italian: interromperePronunciation for interrompere
  • Japanese: 混乱させるPronunciation for 混乱させる
  • Korean: 중단시키다Pronunciation for 중단시키다
  • Norwegian: avbrytePronunciation for avbryte
  • Polish: rozerwaćPronunciation for rozerwać rozrywać
  • Portuguese: interromperPronunciation for interromper
  • Romanian: a întrerupe
  • Russian: сорватьPronunciation for сорвать
  • Spanish: perturbarPronunciation for perturbar
  • Swedish: avbrytaPronunciation for avbryta
  • Thai: ทำให้ยุ่งเหยิงPronunciation for ทำให้ยุ่งเหยิง
  • Turkish: bölmekPronunciation for bölmekkonuşma/söz
  • Ukrainian: підривати підірвати
  • Vietnamese: làm gián đoạnPronunciation for 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)
In the later stages of pregnancy, brute mechanical effects such as the need to urinate during the night can further disrupt sleep.
Paul Martin COUNTING SHEEP: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams (2002)
It is a change that could severely disrupt forests in the Appalachian Mountains.
New Scientist (2003)
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
Tactically, they had come to spoil England possession and disrupt rhythm, by fair means or foul.
Independent (1998)
Taliban and allied militants have pledged to disrupt the election.
CBC (2004)
The military urged Manila residents to be vigilant against possible terror assaults intended to disrupt the elections.
canada.com (2004)
The tycoon said he believed Linda Heaton had tried to get fellow workers to walk out with her in order to disrupt the evening.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)


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