verb in·ter·ject \ ˌin-tər-ˈjekt \
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

Definition of interject

interjected; interjecting; interjects
: to throw in between or among other things : interpolate
  • interject a remark


play \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-tər\ noun


play \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-t(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of interject in a Sentence

  1. “That's an interesting idea,” he interjected, “but I don't think you've considered all of the details.”

  2. She listened to us, interjecting remarks every so often.

  3. If I may interject, I have things I'd like to add.

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Did You Know?

According to its Latin roots, interject ought to mean literally "throw between". For most of the word's history, however, the only things that have been interjected have been comments dropped suddenly into a conversation. Interjections are often humorous, and sometimes even insulting, and the best interjections are so quick that the conversation isn't even interrupted.

Origin and Etymology of interject

Latin interjectus, past participle of intericere, from inter- + jacere to throw — more at jet

Synonym Discussion of interject

introduce, insert, insinuate, interpolate, intercalate, interpose, interject mean to put between or among others. introduce is a general term for bringing or placing a thing or person into a group or body already in existence.
    • introduced a new topic into the conversation
insert implies putting into a fixed or open space between or among.
    • inserted a clause in the contract
insinuate implies introducing gradually or by gentle pressure.
    • insinuated himself into the group
interpolate applies to the inserting of something extraneous or spurious.
    • interpolated her own comments into the report
intercalate suggests an intrusive inserting of something in an existing series or sequence.
    • new chapters intercalated with the old
interpose suggests inserting an obstruction or cause of delay.
    • interpose barriers to communication
interject implies an abrupt or forced introduction.
    • interjected a question

INTERJECT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of interject for English Language Learners

  • : to interrupt what someone else is saying with (a comment, remark, etc.)

INTERJECT Defined for Kids


verb in·ter·ject \ ˌin-tər-ˈjekt \

Definition of interject for Students

interjected; interjecting
: to put between or among other things
  • I interjected a remark.

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