in·ject | \ in-ˈjekt \
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 \ adjective or noun
injector \in-ˈjek-tər \ 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.

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Sending June into the midst of the resistance could work as a way to find new stories to tell within this world, and could also find a way to re-inject a sense of the hope that season two abolished back into the storytelling. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 was masterful. But it may have broken the show.," 11 July 2018 Hayes found that four-foot snakes injected close to 100 milligrams into the mice. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 When the couple was done, Neelley took Lisa to Little River Canyon outside Fort Payne where Neelley injected Lisa six times with liquid drain cleaner in a botched attempt to kill her. Anna Beahm,, "Convicted child killer Judith Ann Neelley set for parole hearing May 23," 20 Apr. 2018 After this, liquid, molten, 24ct gold is injected under very high pressure. Nick Foulkes, A-LIST, "All that Glitters: Hublot Magic Gold," 6 Apr. 2018 In addition to the Nutella heart in its purest form, the bakery is also selling cookies and brownies injected with a hearty dose of the gooey spread as well. Devon Elizabeth, Bon Appetit, "New York City Cafe Offers Gold-Painted Nutella Hearts," 14 Feb. 2018 This is a story about entrenched misogyny in a White House that embraces men accused of mistreating women in their private lives, who then inject that same disdain for women, our bodies, and our rights into their public-policy decisions. Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan, "The Defense of Alleged Abuser Rob Porter Shows Exactly What a Woman's Word Is Worth in This Country," 8 Feb. 2018 However, unlike other molded chairs, the Louis Ghost is exceptional because the plastic is injected into a single mold, meaning that the entire piece is made in one fell swoop. 3. Becca Endicott, ELLE Decor, "The History Of The Louis Ghost Chair: 5 Things You Need To Know About Philippe Starck's Masterpiece," 19 Jan. 2018 The problem, however, is that animals used for human food are often injected with antibiotics that have an effect on humans. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Pizza Hut Promises to Remove Antibiotics From Chicken Wings by 2022," 19 June 2018

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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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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 \
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 \

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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