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Meaning of “disorder” in the English Dictionary

"disorder" in British English

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disordernoun

uk   /dɪˈsɔː.dər/  us   /-ˈsɔːr.dɚ/
  • disorder noun (ILLNESS)

C1 [C or U] an ​illness of the ​mind or ​body: a blood disorder The ​family have a ​history of mental disorder.
  • disorder noun (ANGRY SITUATION)

C1 [U] an ​angry, ​possiblyviolent, ​expression of not being ​happy or ​satisfied about something, ​especially about a ​politicalmatter, by ​crowds of ​people: The ​trial was ​keptsecret because of the ​risk of public disorder.
(Definition of disorder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disorder" in American English

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disordernoun

 us   /dɪsˈɔr·dər/
  • disorder noun (CONFUSION)

[U] a ​state in which ​objects or ​conditions are in no ​particularorder; ​lack of ​system or ​plannedorganization: The ​room was in such disorder that she couldn’t ​find anything.
  • disorder noun (ILLNESS)

[C/U] an ​illness of the ​mind or ​body: [C] a ​mental/​physical disorder [C] She ​suffers from an ​eating disorder.
  • disorder noun (SITUATION)

[U] a ​situation in which some ​peoplebehave in a way that threatens the ​safety of other ​people or the ​peace of a ​neighborhood: public disorder
(Definition of disorder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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