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.
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
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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