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irrupt

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verb ir·rupt \i-ˈrəpt\

Definition of irrupt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to rush in forcibly or violently

  3. 2 of a natural population :  to undergo a sudden upsurge in numbers especially when natural ecological balances and checks are disturbed

  4. 3 :  erupt 1c <the crowd irrupted in a fervor of patriotism — Time>

ir·rup·tion play \-ˈrəp-shən\ noun


Origin of irrupt

Latin irruptus, past participle of irrumpere, from in- + rumpere to break — more at reave


First Known Use: 1886

Rhymes with irrupt


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