in·​ject | \ in-ˈjekt How to pronounce inject (audio) \
injected; injecting; injects

Definition of inject

transitive verb

1a : to introduce into something forcefully inject fuel into an engine
b : to force a fluid into (as for medical purposes) inject a drug into the bloodstream
2 : to introduce as an element or factor in or into some situation or subject condemning any attempt to inject religious bigotry into the campaignCurrent Biography

Other Words from inject

injectable \ in-​ˈjek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce inject (audio) \ adjective or noun
injector \ in-​ˈjek-​tər How to pronounce inject (audio) \ noun

Examples of inject in a Sentence

She told a few jokes to inject a little humor into her speech. We need to inject some life into this party.
Recent Examples on the Web If governments continue to take the condition seriously and inject funding into research, there are life-changing medical developments around the corner. Lucia Osborne-crowley,, 26 July 2022 The current homeowners purchased the estate in 2015, bringing on Lisa Hilderbrand of Hilderbrand Interiors to inject a modern sensibility to the landmarked home. Claire Brito, House Beautiful, 26 July 2022 Cooking outdoors, burning wood to keep warm, and heating up drugs to inject or smoke are among the many causes of these fires. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 Yet just three weeks later, Strathdee watched doctors intravenously inject the mixture into her husband's body -- and save his life. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 8 July 2022 Policymakers are scrutinizing consumer behavior throughout the world as rising inflation and interest rates inject uncertainty into the economy. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 7 July 2022 Edvinsson, the No. 6 pick in 2021, is projected to make the team and inject a degree of the optimism that rookies Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond did last season. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 2022 Purdue was seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a new version of OxyContin that would be more difficult to snort or inject. New York Times, 29 June 2022 Black churches are full of great singers who can inject joy into the saddest occasions. John Blake, CNN, 19 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inject

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inject

Latin injectus, past participle of inicere, from in- + jacere to throw — more at jet

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More Definitions for inject


in·​ject | \ in-ˈjekt How to pronounce inject (audio) \
injected; injecting

Kids Definition of inject

1 : to force a fluid (as a medicine) into by using a special needle
2 : to introduce as something needed or additional He tried to inject confidence into his brother.


transitive verb
in·​ject | \ in-ˈjekt How to pronounce inject (audio) \

Medical Definition of inject

1 : to force a fluid into (a vessel, cavity, or tissue) for preserving, hardening, or coloring structures
2 : to introduce (as by injection or gravity flow) a fluid into (a living body) especially for the purpose of restoring fluid balance, treating nutritional deficiencies or disease, or relieving pain also : to treat (an individual) with injections

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