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verb [transitive] disturb pronunciation in British English /dɪˈstɜː(r)b/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledisturbing
past tensedisturbed
past participledisturbed
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  1. 1
    to interrupt someone and stop them from continuing what they were doing

    I didn’t want to disturb you in the middle of a meeting.

    Sorry to disturb you, but do you know where Miss Springer is?

    Her sleep was disturbed by a violent hammering on the door.

  2. 5
    to do something that stops a place or situation from being pleasant, calm, or peaceful

    Not even a breath of wind disturbed the beautiful scene.



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