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 1: having the place or position changed; "the disturbed books
and papers on her desk"; "disturbed grass showed where
the horse had passed"
2: afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or
grief; "too upset to say anything"; "spent many disquieted
moments"; "distressed about her son's leaving home";
"lapsed into disturbed sleep"; "worried parents"; "a
worried frown"; "one last worried check of the sleeping
children" [syn: disquieted, distressed, upset, worried]
3: emotionally unstable and having difficulty coping with
personal relationships [syn: maladjusted]
4: lacking order or stability; "these unsettled times" [syn: unsettled]
5: affected with madness or insanity; "a man who had gone mad"
[syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, mad,
sick, unbalanced, unhinged]