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"disturb" in British English

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disturbverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈstɜːb/  us   /-ˈstɝːb/
  • disturb verb [T] (INTERRUPT)

B2 to ​interrupt what someone is doing: Please don't disturb ​yoursister - 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 ​behavingunpleasantly and ​noisily in ​public: Several ​fans were ​arrested and ​charged with disturbing the ​peace after the ​game.

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

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disturbverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈstɜrb/
  • disturb verb [T] (INTERRUPT)

to ​cause someone to ​stop what the ​person is doing, or to ​interrupt an ​activity: Please don’t disturb Jimmy – he’s ​trying to do his ​homework.
  • disturb verb [T] (WORRY)

to ​cause someone to ​feeltroubled or ​upset: This year’s ​electioncampaign has disturbed a lot of ​voters who don’t like either ​candidate.
  • disturb verb [T] (MOVE)

to move or ​change something from ​itsusualposition or ​arrangement: Be ​careful not to disturb anything.
disturbing
adjective  us   /dɪˈstɜr·bɪŋ/
[+ to infinitive] It’s ​deeply disturbing to ​seeintelligent and ​educatedpeople make ​fun of us.
(Definition of disturb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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