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.
Dis·turb, n. Disturbance. [Obs.]
v 1: 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!"