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noun disturbance pronunciation in American English /dɪˈstɜrbəns/
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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 someones mind or body develops a problem and stops operating in its usual way
    emotional/behavioral/psychiatric disturbance


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