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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were no cheers to interrupt him, only the sound of a helicopter thumping overhead. NBC News, "California Gov. Newsom delivers State of the State address amid recall battle," 10 Mar. 2021 Mr Trump took every opportunity to interrupt both his opponent and Chris Wallace, the moderator and a Fox News host. The Economist, "Donald Trump did himself no favours in the first presidential debate," 30 Sep. 2020 Paul went on to argue that many children with gender dysphoria eventually have the condition resolve on its own, asking Levine if adults should interrupt that process in minors. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Transgender Biden nominee ducks Rand Paul's questioning on gender mutilation at confirmation hearing," 25 Feb. 2021 As Collins bobbed and weaved, Gideon stood at her lectern, staring up at the ceiling and taking deep breaths, as if straining not to interrupt. Washington Post, "Last stand of the Republican moderate," 2 Nov. 2020 An experimenter was situated nearby but did not interrupt the participant’s thought process. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Tech Companies Say They Can’t Find Good Employees. The Companies May Be the Problem.," 8 Mar. 2021 Do not interrupt people and make sure others do not either. Dr. Ruth Gotian, Forbes, "Adding Value: How To Get Your Ideas Noticed," 2 Mar. 2021 These headphones help eliminate outside noise so the plane engine and fellow passengers won’t interrupt the listening experience. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best gifts for travelers you care about," 24 Feb. 2021 The casting of votes and the storming of the Capitol did not interrupt what has been, for many, a great period of suffering. Blair Mcclendon, The New Republic, "The Presidency Is a Bad Job," 19 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Faced with out-of-bounds readings for the radar’s hardware, each CDU began to issue radar increment and decrement interrupts to the guidance computer—lots of interrupts. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "No, a “checklist error” did not almost derail the first moon landing," 5 July 2019

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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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Time Traveler for interrupt

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

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12 Apr 2021

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“Interrupt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interrupt. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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interrupt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of interrupt

: 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

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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