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disturb

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈstɜːb/ us    /-ˈstɝːb/

disturb verb [T] (INTERRUPT)

B2 to interrupt what someone is doing: Please don't disturb your sister - she's trying to do her homework. I'm sorry to disturb you so late, but my car's broken down and I don't have my phone with me.disturb the peace to break the law by behaving unpleasantly and noisily in public: Several fans were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace after the game.
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disturb verb [T] (WORRY)

C2 to cause someone to be worried or upset: Some scenes are violent and may disturb younger viewers.

disturb verb [T] (MOVE)

to move or change something from its usual position, arrangement, condition, or shape: The thief had disturbed the documents in her filing cabinet, but nothing had been taken.
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