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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: destourber, from Latin turbare 'to put into disorder'

disturb

verb
     
dis‧turb [transitive]
1

interrupt

to interrupt someone so that they cannot continue what they are doing:
Sorry to disturb you, but I have an urgent message.
The thieves fled when they were disturbed by a neighbour.
Do not disturb (=a sign you put on a door so that people will not interrupt you).
2

worry

to make someone feel worried or upset:
What disturbs you most about this latest development?
3

move

to move something or change its position:
If you find a bird's nest, never disturb the eggs.
I promise not to disturb anything.
4

change

to change a normal situation in a way that causes problems:
My hormone balance is disturbed by my pregnancy.
New procedures often disturb the comfortable habits of the workforce.
5

disturb the peace

law to behave in a noisy and unpleasant way in public

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