Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To upset the proper arrangement or order of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To undo the arrangement of; to disorder; to derange.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To unsettle or disturb the order or due arrangement of; to throw out of order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put out of order; unsettle or disturb the order or arrangement of; derange.
  • Synonyms To disorder, derange, confuse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. disturb the arrangement of
  • v. destroy the arrangement or order of

Etymologies

From dis- +‎ arrange. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I would have had at her before she even set out, but she was all a-fuss tucking little Havvy into his cot - as though the nurse couldn't do it ten times better - and was fearful that I would disarrange her appearance.

    The Sky Writer

  • In the northwest, troop desertions will plague the Ottomans, and even farther west, in the Christian kingdoms, inexplicable diseases will disarrange the lips of kings.

    Excerpt: The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

  • I lay down to rest with my hands at my sides, so as not to disarrange my tidy pleats.

    Wildfire

  • Have I the right to disarrange what it has arranged?

    Les Miserables

  • When the hour strikes, this man of the faubourgs will grow in stature; this little man will arise, and his gaze will be terrible, and his breath will become a tempest, and there will issue forth from that slender chest enough wind to disarrange the folds of the Alps. It is, thanks to the suburban man of

    Les Miserables

  • I should have been side by side with you in your existence, having for my only care not to disarrange the cover of my dreadful pit.

    Les Miserables

  • I easily suppressed this untimely sensation; and as I returned thanks, and expressed my hope that I should not disarrange, his family, I once more dropped a hint of my desire to make compensation for any trouble I might occasion.

    Redgauntlet

  • I wept & railed at Dennis, told him not to take my clothes away, not to disarrange my study.

    I'm clearing out things of a loved one who died

  • Usually because they have their place so compulsively organized they resent anyone being there who might possibly disarrange things.

    Avoiding the Doolallies of Living Alone « XUP

  • Put 1/2 of the rice in the pot, over the potatoes, being careful not to disarrange them.

    Toast:

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