Meaning of “disrupt” in the English Dictionary

"disrupt" in British English

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disruptverb [ T ]

uk /dɪsˈrʌpt/ us /dɪsˈrʌpt/

B2 to prevent something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected:

Heavy snow disrupted travel into the city this morning.
The meeting was disrupted by a group of protesters who shouted and threw fruit at the speaker.

specialized business to change the traditional way that an industry operates, especially in a new and effective way:

Dell Inc. disrupted the traditional way of selling computers by switching to the internet.

More examples

  • Long-haul flights can seriously disrupt your biological clock.
  • Her speech was disrupted by a jeering group of protesters at the front of the crowd.
  • Several England supporters were arrested after disrupting the match.
  • Inevitably, this tragedy has seriously disrupted Rosie's schoolwork.
  • A protester rushed into the studio, disrupting the news broadcast.
disruption
noun [ C or U ] uk /dɪsˈrʌp.ʃən/ us /dɪsˈrʌp.ʃən/

Examples

  • It would cause a tremendous disruption to our work schedule to install a different computer system.
  • The military coup brought further disruption to a country already struggling with famine.
  • The strike brought severe disruption to flights over the holiday weekend.
  • Further disruption is expected later tonight when more heavy snow is expected.
  • We apologize for the disruption while essential motorway repairs are being carried out.

C1

The accident is causing widespread disruption on the roads.
the disruption of the telecoms industry

(Definition of “disrupt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disrupt" in American English

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disruptverb [ T ]

us /dɪsˈrʌpt/

to prevent something, esp. a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected:

A heavy fall of snow disrupted traffic during the rush hour.
disruption
noun [ C/U ] us /dɪsˈrʌp·ʃən/

[ C ] Strikes threaten more disruptions for the tourist industry.

(Definition of “disrupt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"disrupt" in Business English

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disruptverb [ T ]

uk /dɪsˈrʌpt/ us

to prevent something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected:

Meetings with her lawyers did not disrupt the schedule.
Commerce could be disrupted in a cyberterrorism attack.

(Definition of “disrupt” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)