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dih stuhrb
grammatical pattern:
verb + that, IT + verb + smby + when, IT + verb + smby + that, IT + verb + smby + inf
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disturbs, disturbing, disturbed
definition 1: to bother or interrupt by making noise or causing distraction.
The hotel manager worried that the construction noise would disturb the guests.[verb + that ] Terrible dreams disturbed his sleep.I'm sorry to disturb your meeting, but there is an urgent phone call.
bother, interrupt, trouble
similar words:
discommode, incommode, inconvenience, jar, violate, worry
definition 2: to upset or cause to be in disorder.
The wind disturbed the calm surface of the pond.Someone has been in my office and disturbed my papers.Hearing about the recent crimes in the neighborhood disturbed her peace of mind.
derange, discompose, disorder, disorganize, trouble, upset
similar words:
agitate, disarrange, disarray, jar, perturb, rile, roil, ruffle, shake, unsettle
definition 3: to make nervous or uneasy; trouble.
Witnessing the accident disturbed the child greatly.The message in the letter obviously disturbed her because she rushed out of the room after reading it.It disturbs people when they hear of such grisly incidents.[IT + verb + smby + when ] It disturbs me that you felt you couldn't confide in me.[IT + verb + smby + that ] It disturbed the staff to hear that the store was going to be sold.[IT + verb + smby + inf ]
bother, disquiet, trouble, unsettle
similar words:
agitate, derange, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, dismay, disorder, distract, exercise, jangle, jar, perturb, roil, ruffle, shake, upset, vex, worry
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