- 1 disturb somebody/something to interrupt somebody 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 disturb something to move something or change its position Don't disturb the papers on my desk.
- 3 to make somebody worry disturb somebody The letter shocked and disturbed me. it disturbs somebody to do something It disturbed her to realize that she was alone. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French destourber, from Latin disturbare, from dis-
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BrE BrE//dɪˈstɜːb//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɜːrb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disturb
BrE BrE//dɪˈstɜːb//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɜːrb//he / she / it disturbs
BrE BrE//dɪˈstɜːbz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɜːrbz//past simple disturbed
BrE BrE//dɪˈstɜːbd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɜːrbd//past participle disturbed
BrE BrE//dɪˈstɜːbd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɜːrbd//-ing form disturbing
BrE BrE//dɪˈstɜːbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɜːrbɪŋ//