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disturb

[ dih-sturb ]SEE DEFINITION OF disturb
  • verbbother, upset
  • verbdisorder; dislocate

Synonyms for disturb

  • agitate
  • alarm
  • amaze
  • annoy
  • arouse
  • astound
  • complicate
  • confuse
  • depress
  • dishearten
  • disrupt
  • distract
  • excite
  • frighten
  • gall
  • interrupt
  • irk
  • irritate
  • outrage
  • perplex
  • perturb
  • plague
  • provoke
  • puzzle
  • rattle
  • shake
  • startle
  • trouble
  • unnerve
  • unsettle
  • vex
  • worry
  • afflict
  • ail
  • badger
  • confound
  • discompose
  • distress
  • fluster
  • grieve
  • harass
  • interfere
  • intrude
  • molest
  • muddle
  • pain
  • pester
  • pique
  • rouse
  • ruffle
  • tire
  • unhinge
  • burn up
  • make uneasy
  • shake up
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Antonyms for disturb

  • aid
  • assist
  • bore
  • calm
  • cheer
  • clarify
  • clear up
  • comfort
  • compose
  • delight
  • encourage
  • enlighten
  • exhilarate
  • explain
  • gladden
  • help
  • lull
  • make happy
  • order
  • organize
  • placate
  • please
  • quiet
  • reassure
  • soothe
  • tranquilize
  • appease
  • arrange
  • locate
  • pacify
  • sort
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISTURB

When they do not disturb him with earthly medicines, he is quiet and happy.

If, however great the cause, I fret myself I disturb the right conditions.

It could disturb no one if Mrs. Roberts tried her little experiment.

No other noise could disturb us but the cackling of hens and the quacking of ducks.

Perhaps superior; for, above the sky, there would be angels to disturb him.

Sir, it will stun you; and you should have nothing to disturb you in the state of health you are in.

Do not disturb the prestige which belongs to a distant and unfamiliar power.

The carpenter Andrew would like to speak to you, Mrs. Ritter, if it will not disturb you too much.

This did not disturb Kingozi in the least: indeed he did not see it.

The Leopard Woman kept her tent; but he did not offer to disturb her.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to stop or hinder," from Old French destorber (Old North French distourber) and directly from Latin disturbare "throw into disorder," from dis- "completely" (see dis-) + turbare "to disorder, disturb," from turba "turmoil" (see turbid).

Meaning "to frighten" is late 13c.; that of "to stir up, agitate" is c.1300. Related: Disturbed; disturbing; disturbingly. Middle English also had distourbler (n.) "one who disturbs or incites" (late 14c.).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DISTURB

acerbate

verbexasperate
  • aggravate
  • annoy
  • disturb
  • perturb
  • provoke
  • rattle one's cage
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