Dis·turb v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disturbed p. pr. & vb. n. Disturbing.]
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. --Cowper.
The bellow's noise disturbed his quiet rest. --Spenser.
The utmost which the discontented colonies could do, was to disturb authority. --Burke.
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.]
His inmost counsels from their destined aim. --Milton.
Syn: -- To disorder; disquiet; agitate; discompose; molest; perplex; trouble; incommode; ruffle.
adj : causing distress or worry or anxiety; "distressing (or
disturbing) news"; "lived in heroic if something
distressful isolation"; "a disturbing amount of crime";
"a revelation that was most perturbing"; "a new and
troubling thought"; "in a particularly worrisome
predicament"; "a worrying situation"; "a worrying time"
[syn: distressing, distressful, perturbing, troubling,