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

  • transitive v. To throw into confusion or disorder: Protesters disrupted the candidate's speech.
  • transitive v. To interrupt or impede the progress, movement, or procedure of: Our efforts in the garden were disrupted by an early frost.
  • transitive v. To break or burst; rupture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To throw into confusion or disorder.
  • v. To interrupt or impede.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rent off; torn asunder; severed; disrupted.
  • transitive v. To break asunder; to rend.
  • transitive v. to destroy the continuity of, usually temporarily.
  • transitive v. To interfere with or halt, especially by causing a lack of order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To break or burst asunder; separate forcibly.
  • Torn from or asunder; severed by rending or breaking.

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

  • v. make a break in
  • v. throw into disorder
  • v. interfere in someone else's activity


Latin disrumpere, disrupt-, to break apart : dis-, dis- + rumpere, to break apart; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin disruptus, from disrumpere, commonly dirumpere ("to break or burst asunder"), from dis-, di- ("apart, asunder") + rumpere ("to break"). (Wiktionary)



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