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noun American English pronunciation: disturbance /dɪˈstɜrbəns/ 
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singulardisturbance
pluraldisturbances

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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion on which people behave in a noisy or violent way in a public place

    There were serious disturbances in the city last summer.

  2. 2
    [countable] something that interrupts you and stops you from continuing what you were doing

    We have a lot to do today, so we don't want any disturbances.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the interruption of a pleasant, calm, or peaceful situation

      We are concerned about disturbance to residents from the nightclub.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the act of making something move

    Any disturbance of the seabed would be disastrous for the fish.

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which someone's mind or body develops a problem and stops operating in its usual way

    emotional/behavioral/psychiatric disturbance

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