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interrupt

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verb in·ter·rupt \ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt\

Definition of interrupt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stop or hinder by breaking in <interrupted the speaker with frequent questions>

  3. 2 :  to break the uniformity or continuity of <a hot spell occasionally interrupted by a period of cool weather>

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

interruptible

play \-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective

interruption

play \-ˈrəp-shən\ noun

interruptive

play \-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.

Origin and Etymology of interrupt

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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interrupt

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

Definition of interrupt

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

1957

First Known Use of interrupt

1957

Other Computer-Related Terms


INTERRUPT Defined for English Language Learners

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interrupt

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verb in·ter·rupt \ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt\

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

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verb in·ter·rupt \ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt\

Definition of interrupt for Students

interrupted

interrupting

  1. 1 :  to stop or hinder by breaking in <Don't interrupt our conversation.>

  2. 2 :  to break the sameness or course of <A loud crash interrupted the silence.>



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