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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a worrying/disturbing aspect
▪ The worrying aspect is that it gets worse every year.
an alarming/worrying/disturbing trend
▪ I have detected a worrying trend of late.
disturb sb’s concentration
▪ She slipped out of the room, trying not to disturb his concentration.
disturb the peace (=end or spoil it)
▪ Only church bells disturbed the peace.
disturb the silence (=end the silence by making a sound)
▪ Nothing moved, no sound disturbed the silence.
▪ A horrible thought struck her: could he be having an affair?
▪ For the landed nobility, the impact of Emancipation was deeply disturbing.
▪ I was deeply disturbed at this.
▪ Einstein was deeply disturbed by the implications of this collapse, and he refused to believe that it happened.
▪ I was deeply disturbed by this and quite convinced that it would lead to serious trouble.
▪ These out-of-position stars indicate that something has deeply disturbed the way things were in the galaxy.
▪ Had they been deeply disturbed from birth?
▪ Most parents and teachers believe that mOst work-inhibited students are not severely emotionally disturbed.
▪ I ask Val-does Casey believe he is emotionally disturbed?
▪ Anyway, what she does is work with emotionally disturbed people, teaching them to express their innermost feelings through poetry.
▪ After three months he moved to a half way house for the emotionally disturbed.
▪ Some 10, 000 seriously emotionally disturbed children under age 18 receive behavioral health services.
▪ They managed to shift about half of the mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed patients to homes and less restrictive programs.
▪ But it is a skill to be learned and practiced by the teacher / library media specialist of the emotionally disturbed.
▪ They included the emotionally disturbed, the retarded and the neurologically damaged.
▪ I couldn't possibly know, but that outburst, understandable as it was, greatly disturbed me.
▪ Despite it, I am quite satisfied that their evenings, their sleep and their general comfort were greatly disturbed.
▪ And man, lacking such things as machinery, petroleum, pesticides, etc, did not greatly disturb the environment.
▪ She was labeled mentally disturbed and put in the psychiatric ward of a small hospital without any administrative procedure.
▪ Some of the women are mentally disturbed.
▪ The judgment could lead to the release of dozens of mentally disturbed offenders from high-security hospitals.
▪ I knew that meant mentally disturbed.
▪ That, the court heard, gave him the chance to study the behaviour of people who really were mentally disturbed.
▪ But it is hard for students who have lost their parents or are mentally disturbed.
▪ Her biggest victory came when a court ruled in May that she is not mentally disturbed.
▪ This close it was more disturbing than ever.
▪ It is even more disturbing that job market trends in the mid-1990s pulled down new groups of workers.
▪ Even more disturbing is the culling carried out to protect crops, for example in orchards in the Perth Hills.
▪ The children became wild, and the atmosphere from day to day grew more disturbing to the rest of the school.
▪ The other sound was more disturbing still-a faint yet piercing scream, or howl.
▪ At the Esquire Theater more disturbing things happen.
▪ When he took a green ribbon from her and tied it loosely round his waist, Joseph was even more disturbed.
▪ He was more disturbed than that, but I was unable to perceive it.
▪ This was, of course, most disturbing to her parents.
▪ By far the most disturbing aspect of this corruption is the country's reluctance to punish any of the culprits.
▪ Regardless of race or class, what people were most disturbed about was the declining quality of their schools.
▪ However, the most disturbing corruption scandals have concerned not politicians but sportsmen.
▪ But the most disturbing aspect was the Bay Area consternation about Flood.
▪ And, most disturbing, Hayley's Mystery Sausage.
▪ It came as a flash, a most disturbing insight.
▪ The situation was particularly disturbing in the state of Bihar, which alone accounted for three-quarters of the latter group.
▪ But I find them particularly disturbing when related to the death of a refugee seeking asylum in Britain.
▪ It is particularly disturbed by the imminent introduction of fish which have been fed with mammalian growth hormones.
▪ Female speaker I am very disturbed by people who are therapists who seem to be divulging private information about their clients.
▪ This is a very disturbing story.
▪ It has come down to personalities and Julia is very disturbed by it all.
▪ And there is another very disturbing note.
▪ This boy, as I have said, is clearly very disturbed.
▪ That is, they resist three very disturbing experiences: 1.
▪ Kenneth Jackson's crooning struck a wrong note with police who arrested him for allegedly disturbing the peace.
▪ Unfortunately, thoughts of the future Mrs Blue occasionally disturb his growing peace of mind.
▪ Riders heard disturbing the peace will have their registrations noted, and these will then be passed on to the police.
▪ When she none the less returned to school, the board president had her arrested for disturbing the peace.
▪ It disturbed his peace of mind.
▪ I was also frightened that she wrote to accuse me of disturbing her peace.
▪ She promised herself never again to disturb the peace of this man's life.
▪ A late crow said a word as her entry through the open drive gate disturbed his first sleep.
▪ Conversely, disturbed sleep patterns can cause periods to become irregular or stop altogether.
▪ For several nights afterwards nightmares of violence and death disturbed normally peaceful sleep.
▪ The Catskills peace and quiet deep Have been too much disturbed for sleep.
▪ Do not disturb this sleep unless there are other indications that the child is not sleeping a peaceful, healing sleep.
▪ A frequently cited study conducted in Los Angeles yielded some interesting results concerning noise and how it disturbs sleep.
▪ Afterward, he lay beside her, not moving, not wanting to disturb the deep sleep into which Nina usually drifted.
▪ Playing Desert Storm on my Sega console had not only eroded my morals, it had disturbed my beauty sleep.
▪ Officers found a disturbing pattern of abuse at the Bristol homes, and the investigation was expanded.
▪ Agents have also found other disturbing signs.
▪ But I find them particularly disturbing when related to the death of a refugee seeking asylum in Britain.
▪ If you find these facts disturbing or hard to believe, do not worry.
▪ I found it a bit disturbing sometimes but I just had to accept it.
▪ That finding could be disturbing, because such women run a higher risk.
▪ Although it has now become a way of life, I still find it disturbing.
▪ It was a state Riley found disturbing, although Nyrene was more used to it.
▪ Martin I hate to disturb you when you're cooking the books, but there's a delivery.
▪ If this frankness made Ramsay a little uncomfortable, it did not seem to disturb the others.
▪ It seemed a pity to disturb them as we went about our daily chores.
▪ Her movement seemed to disturb fitzAlan.
▪ Though his message seemed eccentric and even disturbing to many, Turner climbed in church ranks.
▪ It seems a grand truth now, though in the morning it may not seem worth disturbing her for.
▪ I didn't want to disturb you.
▪ There were times he would retreat to his attic room and not want to be disturbed.
▪ It is a time when people, putting off the reality of Monday morning, don't want to be disturbed.
▪ If he was working she didn't want to disturb him.
▪ I didn't want to disturb the family at a moment like this so I came to check in person.
▪ You don't want us united, disturbing your cosy control.
▪ She tried not to make a sound, because she didn't want to disturb her husband.
▪ You might imagine that the Government doesn't want to disturb this particular can of invertebrate, limbless burrowing creatures.
I hate to ask/interrupt/disturb etc
▪ Martin I hate to disturb you when you're cooking the books, but there's a delivery.
disturb the peace
▪ Foreigners are seen to contaminate their precious homogeneity and disturb the peace.
▪ Here a total sense of calm prevails and only church bells disturb the peace.
▪ In 1668 he found himself in gaol once again, this time on a charge of disturbing the peace.
▪ Kenneth Jackson's crooning struck a wrong note with police who arrested him for allegedly disturbing the peace.
▪ Riders heard disturbing the peace will have their registrations noted, and these will then be passed on to the police.
▪ She promised herself never again to disturb the peace of this man's life.
▪ The accused batterer was fined $ 150 for disturbing the peace.
▪ When she none the less returned to school, the board president had her arrested for disturbing the peace.
disturbed sleep
▪ Conversely, disturbed sleep patterns can cause periods to become irregular or stop altogether.
▪ Sarah experiences more or less constant pain from a back problem, indigestion, and disturbed sleep.
▪ This may be associated with disturbed sleep and irritability and so the scratching may not be noticed.
▪ Before closing the door to his office, he told his secretary that he was not to be disturbed.
▪ Cutting down rainforests disturbs the Earth's balance.
▪ I got undressed in the bathroom to avoid disturbing her.
▪ I hope my snoring won't disturb you too much.
▪ It is thought that the intruder was disturbed by a barking dog.
▪ Loud frogs are disturbing the sleep of local home owners.
▪ Please avoid disturbing me during the day unless it's an emergency.
▪ Sorry to disturb you, but could I ask a quick question?
▪ The high rate of teenage pregnancy disturbs me a great deal.
▪ Try not to disturb your dad - he's working.
▪ When drying the flowers, be careful not to disturb the petals.
▪ Dash had looked up from his phone one day and seen a growing bureaucracy, and it disturbed him.
▪ Marquez concluded that the generally disturbed conditions were conducive to his plan.
▪ Terris does not seem to mind the electricians who undoubtedly disturb him on his preserve.
▪ The global health scene has been characterised by major steps forward but with some disturbing retrograde features.
▪ The study also showed a disturbing trend in another area: hours worked.
▪ These injuries disturb me, for they indicate that some unorthodox methods were being tried.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Disturb \Dis*turb"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disturbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Disturbing.] [OE. desturben, destourben, OF. destorber, desturber, destourber, fr. L. disturbare, disturbatum; dis- + turbare to disturb, trouble, turba disorder, tumult, crowd. See Turbid.]

  1. To throw into disorder or confusion; to derange; to interrupt the settled state of; to excite from a state of rest.

    Preparing to disturb With all-cofounding war the realms above.

    The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest.

    The utmost which the discontented colonies could do, was to disturb authority.

  2. To agitate the mind of; to deprive of tranquillity; to disquiet; to render uneasy; as, a person is disturbed by receiving an insult, or his mind is disturbed by envy.

  3. To turn from a regular or designed course. [Obs.]

    And disturb His inmost counsels from their destined aim.

    Syn: To disorder; disquiet; agitate; discompose; molest; perplex; trouble; incommode; ruffle.


Disturb \Dis*turb"\, n. Disturbance. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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).\n

\nMeaning "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.).


n. (context obsolete English) disturbance vb. 1 (context transitive English) to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids. 2 (context transitive English) to divert, redirect, or alter by disturbing. 3 (context intransitive English) to have a negative emotional impact; to cause emotional distress or confusion.

  1. v. move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought" [syn: upset, trouble]

  2. change the arrangement or position of [syn: agitate, vex, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up]

  3. tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!" [syn: touch]

  4. destroy the peace or tranquility of; "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading" [syn: interrupt]

  5. damage as if by shaking or jarring; "Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!"


Usage examples of "disturb".

Most disturbing was the same appalling indifference to sanitation that Adams knew from Dr.

Being that it was his first foray into the South, Adams might have been disturbed by the sight of slaves at work.

He stared at Adelaide, with her fierce brown eyes, and her brunette curls, and that disturbing, angry, beautiful face.

The march of science, which had been stopped by the local fogs of Todos Santos some fifty years, had not disturbed the simple Aesculapius of the province with heterodox theories: he still purged and bled like Sangrado, and met the priest at the deathbed of his victims with a pious satisfaction that had no trace of skeptical contention.

The girl with the large eyes was named Alberta James, and she sat third in from the left Weigand, facing everybody - he hoped - who had been in the theatre when Carney Bolton was killed ticked off her name in his mind Slender girl with reddish - brown hair hanging almost to her shoulders, and big, disturbing eyes - that equalled Alberta James.

We have had to live hard in the rain of Amazonas Triste, and we have mental and physical powers which you had better not disturb.

He had no notion of being disturbed in his enjoyment by the sight of Hivites and Amorites, or whatever they might be, lapping champagne and shining in the heat.

She disturbed an emerald anole sunning itself on the flagstones, and it skittered away to blink at her from beneath a branch.

They are all taking Maladrone, an antimalarial drug that for most fosters disturbing and hallucinogenic dreams.

Yet I was disturbed when he spoke of a prodigy, for suddenly I remembered the birth of this Apis calf and my own fears.

Typically, a green priest would find such bleakness disturbing, but Arcas felt the desert calling to him.

Nevertheless, it was never the existence of atheists, any more than Arabs or Aristotelian pagans, that disturbed the extraordinary controversial composure of Thomas Aquinas.

I remembered at once that I had seen two in the library room of the Atheneum, which I had carefully refrained from disturbing.

Shortly after his arrest Castaing had said that the cats and dogs about the hotel had made such a noise on the night of May 30 that they had disturbed the rest of Auguste, who, in the early morning, had asked Castaing to get some poison to kill them.

What was most disturbing was how he felt when he awoke, it felt as if he had just relived those moments, but this time the emotions were not consistent with how he remembered them before the dream.