predisturb

disturb

[dih-sturb]
verb (used with object)
1.
to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle.
2.
to interfere with; interrupt; hinder: Please do not disturb me when I'm working.
3.
to interfere with the arrangement, order, or harmony of; disarrange: to disturb the papers on her desk.
4.
to perplex; trouble: to be disturbed by strange behavior.
verb (used without object)
5.
to cause disturbance to someone's sleep, rest, etc.: Do not disturb.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English disto(u)rben, disturben < Anglo-French disto(u)rber, desturber < Latin disturbāre to demolish, upset, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + turbāre to confuse

disturber, noun
predisturb, verb (used with object)


1. bother, annoy, trouble, pester.
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disturb (dɪˈstɜːb)
 
vb
1.  to intrude on; interrupt
2.  to destroy or interrupt the quietness or peace of
3.  to disarrange; muddle
4.  (often passive) to upset or agitate; trouble: I am disturbed at your bad news
5.  to inconvenience; put out: don't disturb yourself on my account
 
[C13: from Latin disturbāre, from dis-1 + turbāre to confuse]
 
dis'turber
 
n

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disturb
early 13c., from L. disturbare "throw into disorder," from dis- "completely" + turbare "to disorder, disturb," from turba "turmoil." Disturbed "emotionally or mentally unstable" is from 1904. Related: Disturbing.
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