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dis·rupt

disrupt

 
 
pronunciation:
dihs ruhpt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: disrupts, disrupting, disrupted
definition 1: to disturb or cause confusion in.
A wasp disrupted class.
definition 2: to interrupt or break off.
The storm disrupted our telephone service.
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derivation: disrupter (disruptor) (n.)
Word History
Disrupt comes from disruptus, a Latin word that means "break apart or split." In Latin, there is a root (or word part), rupt, which means "break." The English words erupt, which means "to break out or burst," and rupture, which means "to break open," also contain this root.
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The word disrupt contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
rupt Latin root that means to break, burst