in·​ter·​act | \ˌin-tər-ˈakt \
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.

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Disney has said that the park will be a completely immersive experience, with guests interacting with in-universe characters, and staying in a hotel decked out like a starship. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Disney’s Star Wars park will come with original music from John Williams," 17 Nov. 2018 Ending the tour at Blender Studios for an informal gallery tour with wine and nibbles, and interacting with some of the artists in their workspace, was a unique and organic way to round out the day. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Things to Do in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 People interacting with Snarkitecture works often turn them into photogenic backdrops. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 The mice didn’t interact or share cages with non-relatives, but Moeller and his colleagues say there were plenty of chances for bacteria to pass between them through the laboratory environment or on the hands of their human handlers. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mammals inherit most of their gut bacteria, new study suggests," 26 Oct. 2018 But there is scant evidence that those earlier farmers interacted with local hunter-gatherers. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Intelligence analysts, who don’t directly interact with citizens in ways that touch on the Constitution’s guarantees, now play a major role in the bureau’s mission. Thomas J. Baker, WSJ, "How to Restore the FBI’s Culture," 27 Aug. 2018 Local news reported that the incident was random; the sisters hadn’t interacted with the man at all. Niema Jordan, Glamour, "Why We Can't Afford to Ignore the Killing of Oakland Teenager Nia Wilson," 27 July 2018 The event featured several model railroad displays of various gauges that included opportunities to interact with the toy trains. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Homewood festival celebrates village's railroad legacy," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of interact

1839, in the meaning defined above

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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 \
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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