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[dis-ruhpt] /dɪsˈrʌpt/
verb (used with object)
to cause disorder or turmoil in:
The news disrupted their conference.
to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt:
Telephone service was disrupted for hours.
to break apart:
to disrupt a connection.
Business. to radically change (an industry, business strategy, etc.), as by introducing a new product or service that creates a new market:
It’s time to disrupt your old business model.
broken apart; disrupted.
1650-60; < Latin disruptus (variant of dīruptus, past participle of dīrumpere; dī- di-2 + rumpere to break), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + rup- break + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
disrupter, disruptor, noun
nondisrupting, adjective
nondisruptingly, adverb
undisrupted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disrupted
  • But they still suffer from disrupted sleep, interrupted feeding and the energetic costs of flight and resettlement.
  • Traditional migration routes for animals such as elephants are disrupted in congested areas.
  • Long-distance migrations are being disrupted all over the world, mainly due to explosive human population growth.
  • Land clearing for food production has disrupted large parts of the country's ecological balance.
  • The land in the tidal range is completely disrupted.
  • In some countries, years of continuous war have severely disrupted food production.
  • They say their activities were violently disrupted by campus police.
  • The public fight has upset students and disrupted academic life.
  • They've struggled to find work, relocated to less desirable places, and have painfully disrupted family life.
  • Toddlers can be beasts about being kept on a schedule and respond badly to having it disrupted.
British Dictionary definitions for disrupted


(transitive) to throw into turmoil or disorder
(transitive) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
to break or split (something) apart
Derived Forms
disrupter, disruptor, noun
disruption, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin disruptus burst asunder, from dīrumpere to dash to pieces, from dis-1 + rumpere to burst
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Word Origin and History for disrupted



1650s, but rare before c.1820, from Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere (see disruption). Or perhaps a back-formation from disruption. Related: Disrupted; disrupting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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