inject

verb
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 injectable (audio) \ adjective or noun
injector \ in-​ˈjek-​tər How to pronounce injector (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.

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Shortages of generic injected drugs have become normal. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 People who inject drugs can get heart infections, HIV and hepatitis C. The risk of infection is higher than the chance of dying from an overdose. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 The Cambridge, Massachusetts, company's handheld device uses a hair-thin, 450-mph stream of liquid to inject drugs right through the skin, virtually pain free. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 2018 Shortages of generic injected drugs have become normal. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 Shortages of generic injected drugs have become normal. Washington Post, "US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 27 June 2018 But the previous one, of Doyle Lee Hamm on Feb. 22, was called off after medical personnel could not find a vein to inject the lethal drugs. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Alabama's new method of execution has never been tried," 26 Mar. 2018 To find the next such place, researchers looked at statistics tied to injecting drugs, such as overdose deaths, prescription opioid sales, low income and unemployment. Laura Ungar, The Courier-Journal, "Courier Journal story spurs donors to pay for needle exchange in county most vulnerable to HIV," 28 Feb. 2018 It is injected into the spinal fluid through a spinal tap. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "One Family’s Struggle to Get Their Daughter Lifesaving Medication," 20 Jan. 2019

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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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The first known use of inject was in 1601

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inject

verb

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

inject

verb
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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