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 This class offers parents and grandparents the opportunity to get creative, bond, and interact with their youngster in a group environment., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 14 Nov. 2019 But everyone with these disabilities is at high risk of interacting with police. Jennifer Sarrett, The Conversation, "To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help," 12 Nov. 2019 Prismatica is an international, interactive lighting exhibit allowing visitors to play with light by interacting with life-size prisms. Gus Chan, cleveland, "Downtown Go & Do: Prismatica lights up Public Square with interactive displays," 1 Nov. 2019 Certain cruise lines—like Uncruise—are all about interacting with your fellow passengers, which creates a family-feel on the ship. Judy Koutsky, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spend the Holidays on a Cruise This Year—Trust Us," 30 Oct. 2019 Networking is the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Networking is key in today’s workplace," 28 Oct. 2019 To give you my own definition, flaneuring is experiencing your environment without interacting with it. NBC News, "'I needed more quiet in my life. The French art of flaneuring showed me the way.'," 19 Oct. 2019 Other particles in the Standard Model acquire mass by interacting with the Higgs field, a field of energy that fills all space and drags on massive particles. Quanta Magazine, "How the Neutrino’s Tiny Mass Could Help Solve Big Mysteries," 15 Oct. 2019 According to a representative, applicants will be expected to think of new, creative ways of interacting with artists, managers and songwriters. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Help Wanted: Spotify's Global Head of Music Oversees 100 Employees and 5,000-Plus Playlists," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of interact

1839, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2019

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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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