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 interjector (audio) \ noun
interjectory \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈjek-​t(ə-​)rē How to pronounce interjectory (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 Hence, there are Minnesota goodbyes that stretch on interminably and interjected arias that don’t seem to move the story forward a bit. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Minnesota Opera’s ‘Barber of Seville’ keeps its focus on the fun," 13 Nov. 2019 Whoopi Goldberg interjected to try to break up the exchange. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain Posts Cryptic Instagram After Whoopi Goldberg Shuts Down Her Debate With Joy," 3 Nov. 2019 As McAleenan led Trump in a tour at the border late last month, other officials interjected to defend and praise the president. Anchorage Daily News, "Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan steps down," 12 Oct. 2019 Just because there’s some fun interjected into this tourney, which expands the Super Six concept to become an eight-team tournament this year, doesn’t mean there won’t be some serious competition on one of the more challenging courses in the region. Steve Gorches,, "Boys golf Super Six rankings set stage for Elite 8 Invitational," 17 Sep. 2019 Don’t interject something that’s going to be detrimental to the first thing. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "First responders warn citizens to be careful with fireworks," 28 June 2019 The remix shows Ciara interjecting throughout the original, while also dropping her own rapid-fire verse about how truly enviable her life is. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Todrick Hall Teams Up With Ciara for Remix of 'Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels': Premiere," 19 Aug. 2019 Zidane is eager for Bale to leave the club and had agreed to offload the Welshman to Jiangsu Suning, only for Perez to interject at the last minute and cancel the deal - a decision which is said to have left everyone involved incredibly angry., "Gareth Bale Planning to Outlast Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid Amid Florentino Perez Concerns," 31 July 2019 Mayor Hancock and the City Council really blew a golden opportunity to interject some relief into the out-of-control development pressure. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: No unity in the analysis of Mueller testimony (7/28/19)," 28 July 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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20 Nov 2019

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“Interject.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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