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 Fellow justices peppering attorneys with questions talked over Roberts’ attempts to interject. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Keeping up with impeachment and SCOTUS chief John Roberts," 22 Jan. 2020 Nate Diaz has decided to interject himself in the Joe Rogan vs. Stephen A. Smith debate that stemmed from the ESPN analyst’s criticism of Donald Cerrone following his UFC 246 loss to Conor McGregor. Mma Junkie Staff, MMA Junkie, "Nate Diaz wants Conor McGregor, Joe Rogan to apologize to Stephen A. Smith," 29 Jan. 2020 Roberts interjected, interrupting the attorney’s arguments. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Supreme Court chief John Roberts reminds USB that no bank is too big to fail," 14 Jan. 2020 Feldman then interjected telling McClintock that refusing to raise their hands was not an answer because secret ballots are the cornerstone of voting in America. NBC News, "Intelligence ranking member Nunes enters the hearing room," 4 Dec. 2019 Yet the dramatic piano solo that followed became a forum for vibrant jazz improvisation, Roberts interjecting his own thematic material, then leading his trio in a wholly new section suggesting a late-night blues reverie. Howard Reich,, "Chicago Philharmonic review: Marcus Roberts jazzes Gershwin’s Concerto in F," 6 Dec. 2019 In the video, Johnson seems surprised by Trudeau’s comment, and Trudeau then begins to explain how someone had announced a press conference, before Macron interjects in an inaudible portion of the video. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trumps Called Justin Trudeau "Two-Faced" After Hot Mic Video Goes Viral From NATO Summit," 4 Dec. 2019 Its attorney began interjecting, cutting off discussions and cautioning members not to broach subjects the diocese feared could be raised in court. Mitch Weiss, The Denver Post, "Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed," 21 Nov. 2019 As McAleenan led Trump in a tour at the border late last month, other officials interjected to defend and praise the president. Los Angeles Times, "Homeland Security acting head Kevin McAleenan resigns, leaving department at war with itself," 11 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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27 Feb 2020

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“Interject.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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