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interrupt

verb in·ter·rupt \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of interrupt

transitive verb
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
intransitive verb
:to break in upon an action; especially :to break in with questions or remarks while another is speaking

interruptible

play \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective

interruption

play \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-shən\ noun

interruptive

play \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-tiv\ adverb

Examples of interrupt in a Sentence

  1. It's not polite to interrupt.

  2. His dinner was interrupted by a phone call.

  3. We interrupt this program to bring you a special announcement.

  4. Every summer periods of cool weather occasionally interrupt the intense heat.

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Origin and Etymology of interrupt

Middle English, from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere, from inter- + rumpere to break — more at reave

interrupt Synonyms

Synonyms
break in, chime in, chip in [chiefly British], cut in, interpose, intrude
Related Words
barge (in), bother, horn in; add, contribute, put in

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interrupt

noun in·ter·rupt \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt , ˈin-tə-ˌrəpt \

Definition of interrupt

:a feature of a computer that permits the temporary interruption of one activity (such as the execution of a program) in order to perform another; also :the interruption itself

First Known Use of interrupt

1957

Other Computer-Related Terms


INTERRUPT Defined for English Language Learners

interrupt

verb

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

interrupt

verb in·ter·rupt \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt \

Definition of interrupt for Students

interrupted; interrupting
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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