in·​ter·​act | \ ˌin-tər-ˈakt How to pronounce interact (audio) \
interacted; interacting; interacts

Definition of interact

intransitive verb

: to act upon one another

Examples of interact in a Sentence

They're quiet children who don't interact much.
Recent Examples on the Web Coaches can’t teach and interact face-to-face during meetings during the week. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Intensive COVID-19 protocols create very different environment for Browns: ‘The part I miss the most is the interaction’," 20 Nov. 2020 The innovative new isolation system allows doctors and families to interact through a barrier without wearing protective gear. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Democratic Republic of the Congo declares the end to its 11th Ebola outbreak," 19 Nov. 2020 Face masks will not be required as people drive through ZooLights this year, but they are required when guests interact with zoo staff from their vehicles. oregonlive, "ZooLights will go on this year, as a drive-through experience at the Oregon Zoo," 18 Nov. 2020 Gatherings inside homes are limited to two households at any time and health officials strongly urge families to pick a single other household to interact with over the next three weeks. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan has 6th highest number of COVID-19 cases in nation, 5th highest deaths," 18 Nov. 2020 Some families prefer to interact and learn about all the animals. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "‘Farmer Pam’ teaches kids about alpacas and farm animals at Forest Hill’s Three Oaks Farm," 17 Nov. 2020 The change came as Apple deprecated macOS kernel extensions, which software developers used to make apps interact directly with the OS. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Apple lets some Big Sur network traffic bypass firewalls," 17 Nov. 2020 Activity directors at facilities carry an iPad from room-to-room so residents can interact with their four-legged Zoom visitors — sometimes meeting five or six animals. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Critter drive-ins, pet pen pals, Zoom and window watching combat COVID blues," 11 Nov. 2020 Brian Contreras examines how Biden may interact with social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as other tech companies. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: New law makes foreclosed homes easier to buy — if you’re not a landlord or flipper," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of interact

1839, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2020

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“Interact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of interact

: to talk or do things with other people
: to act together : to come together and have an effect on each other


in·​ter·​act | \ ˌin-tər-ˈakt How to pronounce interact (audio) \
interacted; interacting

Kids Definition of interact

1 : to talk or do things with other people The neighbors don't interact.
2 : to act upon or together with something else The chemicals interacted to produce smoke.

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