disturb

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.

Disturb comes from the Latin prefix dis-, meaning "completely" and turbare, meaning "to disorder." To disturb is, in a sense, to completely disorder. When you disturb something, you interfere with its normal function. Along those lines, it's also a word used to describe the interruption of sleep or relaxation. Your alarm disturbs you from sleep every morning. When something disturbs you, it can also cause you emotional anxiety. A horror movie might disturb you with its goriness.

Definitions of disturb
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v move deeply

Synonyms:
trouble, upset
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agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, rouse, turn on
cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
jolt
disturb (someone's) composure
cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge
disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
distress
cause mental pain to
hype up, psych up
get excited or stimulated
vex, worry
disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
bother
make nervous or agitated
besiege
cause to feel distressed or worried
pother
make upset or troubled
electrify
excite suddenly and intensely
Type of:
affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

v tamper with

Synonyms:
touch
Types:
upset
disturb the balance or stability of
violate
destroy
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v change the arrangement or position of

Synonyms:
agitate, commove, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex
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beat, scramble
stir vigorously
toss
agitate
rile, roil
make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
poke
stir by poking
tumble
put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying
whip, whisk
whip with or as if with a wire whisk
cream
make creamy by beating
muddle, puddle
make into a puddle
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v destroy the peace or tranquility of

Synonyms:
interrupt
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v damage as if by shaking or jarring

“Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!”
Type of:
damage
inflict damage upon

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