disturb

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[Dis*turbĀ·]

To disturb is to bother. If you hang a "Do not disturb" sign on the outside of your hotel room door, you want to be left alone.

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To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest.

Verb
damage as if by shaking or jarring; "Don''t disturb the patient''s wounds by moving him too rapidly!"

Verb
destroy the peace or tranquility of; "Don''t interrupt me when I''m reading"

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tamper with; "Don''t touch my CDs!"

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change the arrangement or position of

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move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"

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v. t.
To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest.

v. t.
To agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy; as, a person is disturbed by receiving an insult, or his mind is disturbed by envy.

v. t.
To turn from a regular or designed course.

n.
Disturbance.


Disturb

Dis*turb" , v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disturbed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Disturbing.] [OE. desturben, destourben, OF. destorber, desturber, destourber, fr. L. disturbare, disturbatum; dis- + turbare to disturb, trouble, turba disorder, tumult, crowd. See Turbid.] 1. To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest.
Preparing to disturb With all-cofounding war the realms above.
The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest.
The utmost which the discontented colonies could do, was to disturb authority.
2. To agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy; as, a person is disturbed by receiving an insult, or his mind is disturbed by envy. 3. To turn from a regular or designed course. [Obs.]
And disturb His inmost counsels from their destined aim.
Syn. -- To disorder; disquiet; agitate; discompose; molest; perplex; trouble; incommode; ruffle.

Disturb

Dis*turb", n. Disturbance. [Obs.] Milton.

To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest.

Disturbance.

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Usage Examples

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.

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Other Usage Examples

If we are to better the future we must disturb the present.

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions - which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.

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