perturb meaning

perturb meaning

To perturb is to bug or bother someone by confusing them or throwing them off balance. You can try, but it’s almost impossible to perturb the guards outside Buckingham Palace.

If you’re having trouble getting used to the word perturb, you’re in luck! It’s similar in meaning to the verb “disturb.” That’s right, to perturb is to disturb, but in a way that suggests you’re throwing it off its usual path or routine. The movie Born Free truly perturbed widespread views about animals—people suddenly started seeing them as individuals. If you stare at a person you don’t know, it won’t be long before you perturb them.

Definitions of perturb
  1. verb

    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

    “She was rather
    perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill”

    synonyms:
    cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, trouble, unhinge

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    vex, worry

    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
    misgive

    suggest fear or doubt
    eat, eat on

    worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
    nag

    worry persistently

    type of:

    disturb, trouble, upset

    move deeply
  2. verb

    throw into great confusion or disorder

    synonyms:
    derange, throw out of kilter

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    disarray, disorder

    bring disorder to
  3. verb

    disturb or interfere with the usual path of an electron or atom

    “The electrons were
    perturbed by the passing ion”
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    type of:

    deviate

    cause to turn away from a previous or expected course
  4. verb

    cause a celestial body to deviate from a theoretically regular orbital motion, especially as a result of interposed or extraordinary gravitational pull

    “The orbits of these stars were
    perturbed by the passings of a comet”
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    type of:

    deviate

    cause to turn away from a previous or expected course
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