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derange

[dih-reynj] /dɪˈreɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), deranged, deranging.
1.
to throw into disorder; disarrange.
2.
to disturb the condition, action, or function of.
3.
to make insane.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < French déranger, Old French desrengier, equivalent to des- dis-1 + rengier; see range
Related forms
derangeable, adjective
deranger, noun
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  • Inadequate folate intake can also derange biological methylation pathways.
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derange

/dɪˈreɪndʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to disturb the order or arrangement of; throw into disorder; disarrange
2.
to disturb the action or operation of
3.
to make insane; drive mad
Word Origin
C18: from Old French desrengier, from des-dis-1 + reng row, order
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Word Origin and History for derange
v.

1776, "throw into confusion," from French déranger, from Old French desrengier "disarrange, throw into disorder," from des- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + Old French rengier (Modern French ranger) "to put into line," from reng "line, row," from a Germanic source (see rank (n.)). Mental sense first recorded c.1790.

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