interject

verb
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

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 It was left to Baylor coach Scott Drew to interject a little perspective. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Villanova, without its star point guard, meets Baylor as a Sweet 16 underdog. The Bears don’t see it that way.," 26 Mar. 2021 Two doctors on the Senate committee said the change would wrongly interject politics into health decisions. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Bike Week, prison PR, somber anniversaries: News from around our 50 states," 8 Mar. 2021 And if something else was missing, James knows how to interject it. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Tracing a generational progression in abstract art," 5 Mar. 2021 Two doctors on the Senate committee said the change would wrongly interject politics into health decisions. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Bike Week, prison PR, somber anniversaries: News from around our 50 states," 8 Mar. 2021 Two doctors on the Senate committee said the change would wrongly interject politics into health decisions. al, "Bill would replace Alabama state health officer with appointed post," 4 Mar. 2021 However, there are some universal ways to interject calm, color and bliss into your abode. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "The ultimate guide to making your home happier," 18 Feb. 2021 One panelist tried to interject, but Williams pressed on, her voice becoming harsh and staccato as the tide in the room moved against her. New York Times, "He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?," 2 Feb. 2021 Porsha leads a prayer for the pig, which is unintentionally hilarious and buoyed by some incredible editing work from the RHOA producers, who interject gospel music and shots of the pig into the prayer. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Aunties vs. Nieces," 1 Feb. 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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31 Mar 2021

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“Interject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interject. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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interject

verb

English Language Learners Definition of interject

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

interject

verb
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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