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Definition of disturb verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disturb
    he / she / it disturbs
    past simple disturbed
    -ing form disturbing
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  1. 1disturb somebody/something to interrupt someone when they are trying to work, sleep, etc. I'm sorry to disturb you, but can I talk to you for a moment? If you get up early, try not to disturb everyone else. Do not disturb (= a sign placed on the outside of the door of a hotel room, office, etc.) She awoke early after a disturbed night. Only the cry of seabirds disturbed the silence.
  2. 2disturb something to move something or change its position Don't disturb the papers on my desk.
  3. 3to make someone worry disturb somebody The letter shocked and disturbed me. it disturbs somebody to do something It disturbed her to realize that she was alone.
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