Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb disturb

5 senses of disturb

Sense 1
disturb, upset, trouble -- (move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought")
       => affect, impress, move, strike -- (have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd")

Sense 2
agitate, vex, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up -- (change the arrangement or position of)
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 3
touch, disturb -- (tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 4
interrupt, disturb -- (destroy the peace or tranquility of; "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading")
       => act, move -- (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel")

Sense 5
disturb -- (damage as if by shaking or jarring; "Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!")
       => damage -- (inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree")

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