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disrupt

dis·rupt

disrupt

 
 
pronunciation:
dihs ruhpt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disrupted, disrupting, disrupts
definition 1: to throw into disorder or turmoil.
The police disrupted the peaceful demonstration.
similar words:
violate
definition 2: to interrupt or break off, usu. temporarily.
Hecklers disrupted the governor's speech.
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similar words:
fracture
derivation: disrupter (disruptor) (n.)
Word History
Disrupt comes from disruptus, a Latin word that means "break apart or split." In Latin, there is a root (or word part), rupt, which means "break." The English words erupt, which means "to break out or burst," and rupture, which means "to break open," also contain this root.
Word Parts
The word disrupt contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
rupt Latin root that means to break, burst