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

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

Did You Know?

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 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 Throughout the game — or on this warm night, a doubleheader — Weiler interjects during play-by-play announcer Bryan Schwartz’s commentary, providing background on players from both teams. Jonah Dylan,, "Being blind hasn’t stopped Bryce Weiler from calling New Britain Bees games," 8 July 2019 For his part, Fortner smoothly interjected a few bars of stride piano and some Thelonious Monk-like abstractions. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, "Cecile McLorin Salvant gives a nimble performance at the Dakota," 19 June 2019 Reiche interjected that the resulting settlement contract is the first contract he's ever signed that included specific language about bees and about how many jars of honey must be exchanged per month for flagons of mead. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Stardock and Star Control creators settle lawsuits—with mead and honey," 11 June 2019 The French government posted a clip last weekend that shows British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron deep in discussion as the president’s eldest daughter awkwardly interjects. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Kids Aren’t Alright," 3 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interject.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of interject was in 1588

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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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