Meaning of “disturbing” in the English Dictionary

"disturbing" in British English

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uk /dɪˈstɜː.bɪŋ/ us /dɪˈstɝː.bɪŋ/

C2 making you feel worried or upset:

The article described the latest crime figures as "disturbing".
The following programme contains scenes that may be disturbing to some viewers.

More examples

  • She was strangely calm - I found it quite disturbing.
  • On one level I quite like the attention but on another level, I suppose I find it a bit disturbing.
  • I heard something rather disturbing at work this morning.
  • A disturbing trend for insurers has been a rise in fraudulent claims.
  • It's disturbing that such a prominent politician is so easily led.
adverb uk /dɪˈstɜː.bɪŋ.li/ us /dɪˈstɝː.bɪŋ.li/

Pollution has reached disturbingly high levels in some urban areas.

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