Intervene vs Disturb - What's the difference?

intervene | disturb |


As verbs the difference between intervene and disturb

is that intervene is (ambitransitive) to come between, or to be between, persons or things 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.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

intervene

English

Verb

  • (ambitransitive) To come between, or to be between, persons or things.
  • The Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
  • * De Quincey
  • self-sown woodlands of birch, alder, etc., intervening the different estates
  • To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened (i.e. between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.
  • To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
  • (legal) In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.
  • (Abbott)

    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)