in·ter·ject | \ˌin-tər-ˈjekt \
interjected; interjecting; interjects

Definition of interject 

transitive verb

: to throw in between or among other things : interpolate interject a remark

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Other Words from interject

interjector \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-tər \ noun
interjectory \ˌin-tər-ˈjek-t(ə-)rē \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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.

Examples of interject in a Sentence

“That's an interesting idea,” he interjected, “but I don't think you've considered all of the details.” She listened to us, interjecting remarks every so often. If I may interject, I have things I'd like to add.
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Gabe Kapler, a former Dodgers farm director who was hired by the Phillies as manager last winter, would not have to worry about interjecting himself into the situation. Andy Mccullough,, "Phillies defense comes to aid of Dodgers, who have won 9 of 11," 29 May 2018 Another voice eventually interjected, and completed the reservation. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Google Gives Its Human-Like Phone Chatbot a Demo Redo," 27 June 2018 There was also that place in Boston, the woman interjected. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 One officer in particular; however, interjected himself into the situation using language and tactics that were inappropriate, even inflammatory. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Georgia officer resigns after dragging black woman, 65, from car," 11 May 2018 As Ormsby began to set a trial date for the following week, the immigrant's attorney interjected. Michael E. Miller,, "‘They just took them?’ Frantic parents separated from their kids fill courts on the border," 10 June 2018 Trump however interjects saying there were never prostitutes. Fox News, "Rep. Devin Nunes on possible charges for McCabe, Comey memos," 22 Apr. 2018 As Allen walked through physics and history, the judge frequently interjected clarifying questions, seemingly soaking up the education. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "In court, oil companies accept climate science but rewrite its history," 23 Mar. 2018 Staring at her desk, the judge only occasionally interjected to pose questions, leaving most of the examination to Asimou and his associates. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "From missing to legally dead: The search for Sheriff's Office posse member Sam Grider," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of interject

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interject

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

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The first known use of interject was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of interject

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


in·ter·ject | \ˌin-tər-ˈjekt \
interjected; interjecting

Kids Definition of interject

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

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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