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
  1. verb
    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
    disturb (someone's) composure
    cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge
    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
    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
    make nervous or agitated
    cause to feel distressed or worried
    make upset or troubled
    excite suddenly and intensely
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    affect, impress, move, strike
    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
  2. verb
    tamper with
    synonyms: touch
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    disturb the balance or stability of
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    change the arrangement or position of
    synonyms: agitate, commove, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex
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    beat, scramble
    stir vigorously
    rile, roil
    make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
    stir by poking
    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
    make creamy by beating
    muddle, puddle
    make into a puddle
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  4. verb
    destroy the peace or tranquility of
    synonyms: interrupt
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  5. verb
    damage as if by shaking or jarring
    “Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!”
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    inflict damage upon
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