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disturb

Pronunciation: /dɪˈstɜːrb; dɪˈstɜːb/

Translation of disturb in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (interrupt) the noise disturbed my concentration el ruido me hizo perder la concentración the calm was disturbed by the arrival of the tourists la llegada de los turistas vino a perturbar la calma my sleep was disturbed by the dog barking los ladridos del perro me despertaron he was arrested for disturbing the peace lo detuvieron por alterar el orden público he whispered so as not to disturb the sleeping child habló en voz baja para no despertar al niño do not disturb se ruega no molestar
    Example sentences
    • They claim the children are disturbing their privacy by glaring into their homes and using the road as a cycle track.
    • And no one will be able to disturb the privacy of the bathroom, as the bottom of the window is a little higher than the tub.
    • But one day he disturbed her privacy and barged into her room, presumably to force more work on her, while she had it out.
    1.2 (inconvenience) molestar I'm sorry to disturb you, but … perdone que lo moleste, pero … 1.3 (burst in upon) [thief] sorprender
  • 2 (disarrange) she found that her papers had been disturbed notó que alguien había tocado sus papeles nothing had been disturbed todo estaba en su lugar or sitio
    Example sentences
    • These activities not only disturb bees but also interfere with normal pollen production, germination, and fertilization.
    • If this arrangement is disturbed, the body sickens; if it is sufficiently upset, the body dies.
    • A small interference with nature can disturb the entire balance.
  • 3 (trouble) perturbar, inquietar, llenar de inquietud
    Example sentences
    • On one occasion she asked if a neighbour would buy her some drugs, which upset and disturbed the neighbour and her young son.
    • That was an anxious time, and the children were quite disturbed by it.
    • The state of the world concerns and disturbs many artists.

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