interrupt

verb
in·​ter·​rupt | \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt How to pronounce interrupt (audio) \
interrupted; interrupting; interrupts

Definition of interrupt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

interrupt

noun
in·​ter·​rupt | \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt How to pronounce interrupt (audio) , ˈin-tə-ˌrəpt \

Definition of interrupt (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from interrupt

Verb

interruptible \ ˌin-​tə-​ˈrəp-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce interrupt (audio) \ adjective
interruptive \ ˌin-​tə-​ˈrəp-​tiv How to pronounce interrupt (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for interrupt

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of interrupt in a Sentence

Verb 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 on the Web: Verb Activision Blizzard said in a statement that the acquisition won’t interrupt any actions the company has taken to improve the workplace and added that Microsoft is supportive of those goals. Brody Ford, Bloomberg.com, 31 Mar. 2022 But an extra booster shot could interrupt that process, Pepper told me, leaving you without the full, long-term benefit of those plasma cells. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 31 Mar. 2022 During the hearing, District Judge Algenon Marbley praised arguments from plaintiffs from the state cases, who argued that the federal court shouldn’t interrupt an ongoing state process. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2022 These rich young things deal with the burden of being unbelievably wealthy and incredibly bored by taking turns to arrange pranks and experiences that will at least temporarily interrupt the ennui of extreme privilege and entitlement. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 3 Nov. 2021 How rude of the Medicare and Social Security Trustees to interrupt this serenade with a reminder last week that the entitlements are going broke. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 5 June 2022 Customs and Border Protection is also getting more funding to try to better interrupt the flow of drugs into the United States. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 28 May 2022 The ensuing three decades have seen the tech sector explode with new ways to interrupt your peaceful afternoons. Sunset Magazine, 24 May 2022 My family was eager for some levity, an excuse to get more fresh air, and a reason to interrupt the anxious hours spent glued to their screens. Jane Thier, Fortune, 22 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Alaska, Gibbs and McGee interrupt Sonova CEO Sonia Eberhard at the groundbreaking ceremony for the copper ore mine. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 12 Oct. 2021 Hearing their own name is a pattern interrupt that gets their attention. Forbes, 5 July 2021 Hearing that Jennifer has just called the president a misogynist on CNN, Nora has another advisor interrupt POTUS' on-camera interview. Nick Schager, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Even today, when the sun is shining and Dearborn, the center of Detroit's Arab community, is bustling, planes overhead rumbling along their flight path to Metro Airport interrupt Nabhan. Freep.com, 9 Sep. 2021 The starter interrupt may allow the vehicle to start when the transmission is not in PARK. Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021 The starter interrupt may allow the vehicle to start when the transmission is not in PARK. Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021 The starter interrupt may allow the vehicle to start when the transmission is not in PARK. Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021 The starter interrupt may allow the vehicle to start when the transmission is not in PARK. Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of interrupt

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interrupt

Verb

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

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The first known use of interrupt was in the 15th century

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23 Jun 2022

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interrupt

verb
in·​ter·​rupt | \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt How to pronounce interrupt (audio) \
interrupted; interrupting

Kids Definition of interrupt

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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