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Deteriorate vs Disturb - What's the difference?

deteriorate | disturb |

In lang=en terms the difference between deteriorate and disturb

is that deteriorate is to grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate while disturb is to have a negative emotional impact; to cause emotional distress or confusion.

As verbs the difference between deteriorate and disturb

is that deteriorate is to make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair while disturb is to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids.

As a noun disturb is

(obsolete) disturbance.

deteriorate

English

Verb

(deteriorat)
  • To make worse; to make inferior in quality or value; to impair.
  • to deteriorate the mind
  • * Southey
  • The art of war, like every other art, ecclesiastical architecture alone excepted, was greatly deteriorated during those years of general degradation
  • To grow worse; to be impaired in quality; to degenerate.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 8 , author=Paul Fletcher , title=Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=It was turning into an abysmal afternoon for Newcastle and it deteriorated further when Tiote saw red for his challenge on Jon Ashton. }}

    Synonyms

    * worsen

    Antonyms

    * ameliorate * better * improve

    disturb

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • to confuse a quiet, constant state or a calm, continuous flow, in particular: thoughts, actions or liquids.
  • The noisy ventilation disturbed me during the exam.
    The performance was disturbed twice by a ringing mobile phone.
    A school of fish disturbed the water.
  • to divert, redirect, or alter by disturbing.
  • A mudslide disturbed the course of the river.
    The trauma disturbed his mind.
  • * Milton
  • disturb his inmost counsels from their destined aim
  • to have a negative emotional impact; to cause emotional distress or confusion.
  • A disturbing film that tries to explore the mind of a serial killer.
    His behaviour is very disturbing .

    Derived terms

    * disturbance

    Noun

  • (obsolete) disturbance
  • (Milton)