disrupt


verb (used with object)

  1. to cause disorder or turmoil in: The news disrupted their conference.
  2. to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt: Telephone service was disrupted for hours.
  3. to break apart: to disrupt a connection.
  4. Business. to radically change (an industry, business strategy, etc.), as by introducing a new product or service that creates a new market: It’s time to disrupt your old business model.

adjective

  1. broken apart; disrupted.

verb

  1. (tr) to throw into turmoil or disorder
  2. (tr) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
  3. to break or split (something) apart
v.

1650s, but rare before c.1820, from Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere (see disruption). Or perhaps a back-formation from disruption. Related: Disrupted; disrupting.

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