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Dictionary Definition

derange

Verb

1 derange mentally, throw out of mental balance; make insane; "The death of his parents unbalanced him" [syn: unbalance]
2 throw into great confusion or disorder; "Fundamental Islamicists threaten to perturb the social order in Algeria and Egypt" [syn: perturb, throw out of kilter]

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English

Pronunciation

(US) IPA: /diˈreɪndʒ/

Verb

  1. to cause someone to go insane (usually used in the passive, see deranged)
  2. to cause disorder in something, to distort it from its ideal state
    • 1776, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
      Both these kinds of monopolies derange more or less the natural distribution of the stock of the society;
  3. to disrupt somebody's plans, to inconvenience someone
    • 1782, Fanny Burney, Cecilia, Memoirs of an Heiress
      "By no means, Sir," answered the Captain: "I shall be quite au désespoir if I derange any body."

Translations

to cause someone to go insane
to cause disorder in something, to distort it from its ideal state
to disrupt somebody's plans, to inconvenience someone

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