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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The network doesn’t get all the blame, though, because Yang could have injected himself into the conversation like his competition. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Scorecard: How the Democrats did in their second debate," 28 June 2019 Of course, there’s the matter of whether President Trump will inject himself into the debate by live-tweeting his comments to rouse up his base, despite reportedly being told by some advisers not to do so. Terry Collins, Fortune, "Why Night 2 of the Democratic Debate Will Be Much Different Than Night 1," 27 June 2019 This means researchers can inject them into lab mice to study human diseases without the risk of the cells being rejected by the animals' immune systems. NBC News, "What is fetal tissue research? And why is it important to medicine?," 9 June 2019 The former German nurse would push his patients to the edge of death’s door, injecting them with drugs to induce cardiac arrest, then resuscitate them and relish in the praise. Lindsey Bever, Anchorage Daily News, "German nurse sentenced for killing 85 patients," 6 June 2019 The water is then piped to nearby wells, where the scientists inject it into the basalt rock 3,300 feet under the ground. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Iceland’s Radical Plan to Slow Climate Change," 9 May 2019 On something of a lark, in the early 1990s the pair injected anti-CD3 into a mouse model of diabetes, before the animals had become sick. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "In milestone trial, experimental drug delays type 1 diabetes," 9 June 2019 Ahead of his trip, some worried the unpredictable president would inject politics into the typically solemn ceremony . Washington Post, "Trump honors D-Day vets, discusses Vietnam deferment," 6 June 2019 In 2015 and 2016, at least four patients were blinded after U.S. Stem Cell and clinics associated with the company injected stem cell treatments into their eyes. Laura Mcginley And William Wan, sun-sentinel.com, "FDA wins groundbreaking case against for-profit Sunrise stem cell company," 4 June 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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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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