what is the difference between interrupt and disrupt?
I searched in google :
interrupt :(v) stop the continuous progress of (an activity or process).
disrupt : (v)interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem.

Could you please provide some examples to understand more easily?

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    "The meeting was briefly interrupted when Mr Jones wished to ask a question of the chairman." "The meeting was disrupted when protesters invaded the meeting room." Jun 27, 2015 at 8:27

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I think the comment left by @Tetsujin illustrates the example pretty well. We are more likely to use disrupt when there is a lot of commotion involved in the disturbance.

For example:

  • A child can interrupt a discussion by asking a question; a child can disrupt a conversation by throwing a tantrum.

  • A poker game can be interrupted when the phone rings, and disrupted when an angry player overturns the card table.

  • Bus service could be interrupted if a bus breaks down; it might be disrupted if all of the bus drivers go on strike.

  • A passing rainstorm can interrupt a baseball game; an earthquake can disrupt the World Series.

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