To disturb something or someone is to move, bother, or cause problems.

  • News reports about the bombing disturbed everyone.
  • The noise from the party disturbed everyone’s sleep.
  • Don’t disturb them. They’re working.
  • Construction in the wilderness area disturbed the surrounding environment.
  • Your behavior disturbs me.

The words "disturbed" and "disturbing" are adjectives:

  • This situation is very disturbing.
  • This disturbing problem was finally addressed by the police and the community.
  • A disturbed individual walked into the crowded movie theater and started shooting everyone.

The noun form of this word is "disturbance."

  • Police responded to a disturbance in that house.
  • The man was arrested for creating a disturbance.

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April 21, 2013