disrupt dis‧rupt [dɪsˈrʌpt] verb [transitive]
to prevent a situation, event, system etc from working in the normal way:

• Traders are worried that war would disrupt ocean shipping.

• The union have threatened to disrupt services if their members are not happy with the pay award.

— disruption noun [countable, uncountable] :

• Oil markets appear to be expecting severe disruptions of supplies.

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disruption UK US /dɪsˈrʌpʃən/ noun [C or U]
an interruption in the usual way that a system, process, or event works: »

It would cause a tremendous disruption to our work schedule to install a different computer system.


A crackdown on illegal-immigrant hiring could create widespread workplace disruptions.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • disruption */ — UK [dɪsˈrʌpʃ(ə)n] / US [dɪsˈrʌpʃən] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms disruption : singular disruption plural disruptions 1) a situation in which something cannot continue because of a problem disruption to: The train strikes caused major… …   English dictionary

  • disruption — /dis rup sheuhn/, n. 1. forcible separation or division into parts. 2. a disrupted condition: The state was in disruption. [1640 50; < L disruption (s. of disruptio), equiv. to disrupt (see DISRUPT) + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • disruption — dis|rup|tion [ dıs rʌpʃən ] noun count or uncount * 1. ) a situation in which something cannot continue because of a problem: disruption of: The train strikes caused major disruption of the morning commute for thousands of people. 2. ) a problem… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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