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"disturbance" in British English

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disturbancenoun [C or U]

uk   /dɪˈstɜː.bəns/  us   /-ˈstɝː-/
C1 something that ​interrupts someone or makes someone ​feelworried: Residents are ​tired of the disturbance ​caused by the ​nightclub. Phone ​calls are the ​biggest disturbance at ​work.C2 violence or ​trouble: There was a ​minor disturbance during the ​demonstration, but nobody was ​injured.cause a disturbance to ​break the ​law by ​fighting or ​behavingextremelynoisily in ​public
(Definition of disturbance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disturbance" in American English

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disturbancenoun

 us   /dɪˈstɜr·bəns/
[C] something that ​interrupts you, esp. something ​loud or causing ​trouble: You must take ​care of yourself and ​avoidupsetting disturbances. earth science [C] A disturbance is also something that ​affectsusualwindconditions: The disturbance ​became a ​typhoon in the Philippine Sea and ​headedduewest.
(Definition of disturbance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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