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

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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 Cut to one year later at Fort Smith Research, where Pubba (real name: Richard Fox) works as a janitor, cleaning up pools of fluid and watching scientists inject chicken eggs. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 6 June 2021 Avengers Campus will lean on its three shows to come alive and inject a bit of magical realism into such a down-to-earth setting. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 This has been true since Anderson first began making noise in 2018, ticking off the likes of Justin Verlander and Salvador Pérez for trying to inject fun into the game. Paul Sullivan,, 26 May 2021 Digital transformation initiatives can use gamification techniques to inject fun and healthy competition to achieve user or stakeholder engagement, especially when there is resistance to change. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges worked to inject a bit of levity into a very serious announcement. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 19 Oct. 2020 The subsidies were introduced, alongside interest rate cuts, to try to inject some life into an economy that had already suffered years of stagnation before the global pandemic and slump in demand for oil, Russia’s biggest export earner. Anna Andrianova,, 28 Aug. 2020 In July 2020, the agency notified Nasco that the company no longer had legal approvals to inject into the wells, which run thousands of feet under downtown Los Angeles. Janet Wilson, ProPublica, 2 June 2021 The Biden administration's American Rescue Plan would inject $193 billion into the country's crumbling schools. NBC News, 2 June 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Inject.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inject

: to force a liquid medicine or drug into someone or something by using a special needle
: to force (a liquid) into something
: to add (something) to something : to introduce (a particular quality) into something


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.
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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