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

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web With a long career as a journalist, Vieira didn’t often interject her opinion into her work. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2021 Little amuse-bouche – sorbets or soups – interject the courses, while the star attractions include pan-fried brill with dressed crab and saffron-crushed potatoes or local sea bream with king prawns and black garlic purée. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Dorothy, by all reports, is an agitator who can’t help but interject with her stance on every topic. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 20 Sep. 2021 Alana tried to interject and was quickly discounted before Chris was bullied to leave. Haley Kluge, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 Thompson, a regular contributor to and former editor of High Country News, isn’t afraid to interject his own thoughtful analysis of the events based on decades of reporting. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 Look for ways to interject AI or machine learning into projects when doing so adds efficiency and accuracy. Drew Mclellan, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Frustrations grew as members of the public attempt to interject or not follow procedures and as board members don't immediately respond to all comments. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2021 The attorney for Jodi Montgomery, Spears’s current conservator over her person, tried to interject some ground rules in case Spears brought up medical issues, but Judge Brenda Penny, who oversaw the hearing, didn’t acquiesce. Claudia Rosenbaum, Vulture, 24 June 2021

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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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“Interject.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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