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verb in·ter·rupt \ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt\

: to ask questions or say things while another person is speaking : to do or say something that causes someone to stop speaking

: to cause (something) to stop happening for a time

: to cause (something) to not be even or continuous : to change or stop the sameness or smoothness of (something)

Full Definition of INTERRUPT

transitive verb
:  to stop or hinder by breaking in <interrupted the speaker with frequent questions>
:  to break the uniformity or continuity of <a hot spell occasionally interrupted by a period of cool weather>
intransitive verb
:  to break in upon an action; especially :  to break in with questions or remarks while another is speaking
in·ter·rupt·ible \-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective
in·ter·rup·tion \-ˈrəp-shən\ noun
in·ter·rup·tive \-ˈrəp-tiv\ adverb

Examples of INTERRUPT

  1. It's not polite to interrupt.
  2. His dinner was interrupted by a phone call.
  3. We interrupt this program to bring you a special announcement.
  4. Every summer periods of cool weather occasionally interrupt the intense heat.


Middle English, from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere, from inter- + rumpere to break — more at reave
First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with INTERRUPT


noun in·ter·rupt \ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt, ˈin-tə-ˌ\

Definition of INTERRUPT

:  a feature of a computer that permits the temporary interruption of one activity (as the execution of a program) in order to perform another; also :  the interruption itself

First Known Use of INTERRUPT


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verb in·ter·rupt \ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt\

Definition of INTERRUPT for Kids

:  to stop or hinder by breaking in <Don't interrupt our conversation.>
:  to break the sameness or course of <A loud crash interrupted the silence.>


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