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Definition 1: destroy the peace or tranquility of - [verb of change]

Samples where disturb or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't interrupt me when I'm reading

Synonyms for disturb in the sense of this definition

(disturb is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

Definition 2: damage as if by shaking or jarring - [verb of change]

Samples where disturb or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!

(disturb is a kind of ...) inflict damage upon

"The snow damaged the roof" "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

Definition 3: tamper with - [verb of contact]

Samples where disturb or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't touch my CDs!

Synonyms for disturb in the sense of this definition

(disturb is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of disturb ) disturb the balance or stability of

"The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries"

(... is a kind of disturb ) destroy

"Don't violate my garden" "violate my privacy"

Definition 4: change the arrangement or position of - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for disturb in the sense of this definition

(disturb is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of disturb ) stir vigorously

"beat the egg whites" "beat the cream"

(... is a kind of disturb ) agitate

"toss the salad"

(... is a kind of disturb ) make turbid by stirring up the sediments of

(... is a kind of disturb ) stir by poking

"poke the embers in the fireplace"

Definition 5: move deeply - [verb of emotion]

Samples where disturb or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This book upset me
  • A troubling thought

Synonyms for disturb in the sense of this definition

(disturb is a kind of ...) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

"This child impressed me as unusually mature" "This behavior struck me as odd" "he was dumb-struck by the news" "her comments struck a sour note"

(... is a kind of disturb ) cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

"The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"

(... is a kind of disturb ) disturb (someone's) composure

"The audience was jolted by the play"

(... is a kind of disturb ) disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

"She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"

(... is a kind of disturb ) cause mental pain to

"The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"

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