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Definition of disturbance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually singular] actions that make you stop what you are doing, or that upset the normal state that something is in; the act of disturbing someone or something or the fact of being disturbed The building work is creating constant noise, dust and disturbance. a disturbance in the usual pattern of events the disturbance of the local wildlife by tourists
  2. 2[countable] a situation in which people behave violently in a public place serious disturbances in the streets He was charged with causing a disturbance after the game.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a state in which someone's mind or a function of the body is upset and not working normally emotional disturbance
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