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dis·rupt / disˈrəpt/ • v. [tr.] interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem: a rail strike that could disrupt both passenger and freight service. ∎  drastically alter or destroy the structure of (something): alcohol can disrupt the chromosomes of an unfertilized egg. DERIVATIVES: dis·rupt·er (also dis·rup·tor / -tər/ ) n. dis·rup·tion / -ˈrəpshən/ n.

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