Definition of interrupt
1 : to stop or hinder by breaking in interrupted the speaker with frequent questions
2 : to break the uniformity or continuity of a hot spell occasionally interrupted by a period of cool weather
: to break in upon an action; especially : to break in with questions or remarks while another is speaking
interruptibleplay \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective
interruptionplay \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-shən\ noun
interruptiveplay \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-tiv\ adverb
Examples of interrupt in a Sentence
It's not polite to interrupt.
His dinner was interrupted by a phone call.
We interrupt this program to bring you a special announcement.
Every summer periods of cool weather occasionally interrupt the intense heat.
Recent Examples of interrupt from the Web
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces interrupted a protest organized by indigenous people and now may face consequences.
Still, that dialog is being interrupted by the standoff between the U.S. and North Korea over the latter’s nuclear program.
If that rule is broken, producers can interrupt and stop the intercourse.
Kisner was one of two men charged in the March 20 incident that left a 16-year-old dead at the home in the 2200 block of Ellison Way in Independence after a resident of the home interrupted an apparent burglary.
NEW YORK (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s briefing with reporters turned testy on Monday, with CNN’s Jim Acosta interrupting President Donald Trump’s chief spokesman to demand he explain why television cameras were ordered off.
Some of that work could be interrupted because the village has to coordinate it with finishing work, such as sidewalks, that IDOT is overseeing, La Margo said.
All eight round of 16 matches were interrupted by rain before completion.
A life interrupted laid out in crime scene evidence photos and inventory.
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First Known Use of interrupt
INTERRUPT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interrupt for English Language Learners
: to ask questions or say things while another person is speaking : to do or say something that causes someone to stop speaking
: to cause (something) to stop happening for a time
: to cause (something) to not be even or continuous : to change or stop the sameness or smoothness of (something)
INTERRUPT Defined for Kids
Definition of interrupt for Students
1 : to stop or hinder by breaking in Don't interrupt our conversation.
2 : to break the sameness or course of A loud crash interrupted the silence.
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