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.

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Atlas V’s angelic appearance was due to the rays of the sunrise interacting with the water crystals on the rocket, said Spectrum News 13 reporter Jerry Hume. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "’I just saw the weirdest thing,’ spectators across Florida marvel, tweet about ULA Atlas V rocket launch," 8 Aug. 2019 Thursday's science-laden report examines how global warming and land interact in a vicious cycle. CBS News, "Climate change is creating a hungrier, pricier future, UN warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Browse through the photos above for a look at Watt and his Texans teammates interacting with fans at Thursday's practice. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "J.J. Watt trades gear with military member after Texans practice," 1 Aug. 2019 Just as people use intermediaries like Coinbase to acquire and manage their bitcoins, Facebook envisions users interacting with the Libra network via exchanges and user-friendly apps—including Facebook's own app called Calibra. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "There’s a big problem with Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency," 11 July 2019 SeaWorld San Diego debuts new One Ocean killer whale show but with no trainers interacting with whales in the water. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SeaWorld: a decade of turbulence and triumphs," 22 June 2019 This version is smaller in scale and a lot weirder, but there is something mesmerizing about these three people interacting onstage. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019 One fan account, camimendesxcharlesmelton, has gotten to work pointing out other examples of the two interacting. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "OMG! "Riverdale" Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Might Be Dating," 20 Sep. 2018 The ride includes a treasure hunt that uses touch screens inside the sub to interact with real sea life just outside the porthole. Amber Turpin, The Mercury News, "20 awesome things to do at Legoland," 21 July 2019

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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 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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