in·​ter·​ject | \ ˌin-tər-ˈjekt How to pronounce interject (audio) \
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 How to pronounce interject (audio) \ noun
interjectory \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈjek-​t(ə-​)rē How to pronounce interject (audio) \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Even through technical glitches and delayed disconnect, Guralnik always knows when to interject, when to stay on a subject and probe further, and when to let a dispute between her clients run a useful course. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Showtime’s addictive ‘Couples Therapy’ returns to briefly discuss the mutual miseries of 2020," 11 Dec. 2020 At times, several Democrats on the committee tried to interject. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Giuliani hearing in Michigan resurfaces allegations of election fraud but no evidence," 3 Dec. 2020 Occasionally the source would interject, giddily telling Greenwald to look at a particular document. Darren Loucaides, Wired, "The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country," 13 Nov. 2020 At one point the candidates argued over what Trump had or hadn't said in the past about nuclear weapons; Wallace either didn't have the referenced quote handy or chose not to interject. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "The only debate moderator to return, Fox's Wallace preps," 28 Sep. 2020 Lecrae said his purpose was to entertain the men and interject some joy into their lives. Mike Cason |, al, "Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae takes restoration message to St. Clair prison," 12 Sep. 2020 An ellipsis inevitably interjects itself whenever someone reaches out to me, the sentiment hanging like an unreciprocated high-five for a half-second too long. Soleil Ho,, "By feeding my sister, a new mother, I found a new way to connect," 7 May 2020 Trump has aggressively interjected himself into the Democratic presidential primary with broadsides unencumbered by decorum and, in some instances, facts. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Con-TROLLING the campaign: Trump soaks up spotlight and drives 'his opponents to distraction'," 6 Mar. 2020 But the episode has opened a new chapter in Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to interject himself into the Trump administration’s diplomacy while at times representing clients with a direct interest in the outcome. New York Times, "Giuliani Pressed for Turkish Prisoner Swap in Oval Office Meeting," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Dec 2020

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“Interject.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of interject

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


in·​ter·​ject | \ ˌin-tər-ˈjekt How to pronounce interject (audio) \
interjected; interjecting

Kids Definition of interject

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

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