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.
Recent Examples on the Web Avoid self-basting turkeys, which have been injected with a salt solution, and kosher turkeys, which have already been salted. oregonlive, "Thanksgiving turkey: How much to buy, how long to thaw, how to roast," 15 Nov. 2019 If more than the limit is injected, it could be absorbed into the bloodstream, which might result in systemic effects from the steroid. Jenna Birch, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Getting a Cortisone Shot for Acne," 12 Nov. 2019 This suggests that energy may now be injected into the separate criminal trial of Hindu nationalist leaders held responsible for provoking the mosque attack. The Economist, "Ram rod The supreme court hands India’s biggest communal flashpoint to Hindus," 9 Nov. 2019 Overland struggled offensively, but the Trailblazers were briefly injected with life in the second quarter with a special teams touchdown. Marco Cummings, The Denver Post, "Smoky Hill crushes Overland in opening round of 5A state football playoffs," 8 Nov. 2019 Ten people at a group care facility in Oklahoma were hospitalized after they were mistakenly injected with insulin instead of the flu shot. Julie Mazziotta,, "10 People Hospitalized After Mistakenly Injected with Insulin Instead of the Flu Shot," 8 Nov. 2019 They were instead injected with what authorities believe to be insulin, Bartlesville Police Chief Tracy Roles confirmed to KOTV. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "10 people, some with disabilities, hospitalized after apparently being injected with insulin instead of flu shot," 7 Nov. 2019 The nuclear agreement allowed the centrifuges at the facility to remain in use on the condition that gas was not injected into them., "Iran will begin injecting uranium gas into the 1,044 centrifuges at the Fordow nuclear facility, Rouhani said; the 2015 agreement had restricted the centrifuges to uses other than nuclear enrichment.," 6 Nov. 2019 The centrifuges would be injected with the uranium gas as of Wednesday, Rouhani said. Fox News, "Iran will start pumping uranium gas into previously empty centrifuges: Rouhani," 5 Nov. 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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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of inject was in 1601

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How to pronounce inject (audio)

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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