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[in-ter-jekt] /ˌɪn tərˈdʒɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to insert between other things:
to interject a clarification of a previous statement.
Obsolete. to come between.
Origin of interject
1570-80; < Latin interjectus past participle of interjicere to throw between, equivalent to inter- inter- + -jec- (combining form of jac-, stem of jacere to throw) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
interjector, noun
uninterjected, adjective
1. insinuate, introduce, interpolate, intercalate. Unabridged
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  • "It isn't only Ronny, you know," Freddie hastened to interject.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • Their function was to interject comical comments from time to time.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Here I must interject that such a statement is somewhat sweeping.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • At this point Dick Bissell undertook to interject some of his humor into the situation.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • How absurd, we will interject, is the saying: "Love me, love my dog."

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley
  • "I thought you said you hadn't acted out of love for me," Lilly ventured to interject.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • I do not consider myself very slow of speech; but you know how difficult it was for me to interject even a sentence after he came.


    John Bate
British Dictionary definitions for interject


verb (transitive)
to interpose abruptly or sharply; interrupt with; throw in: she interjected clever remarks
(archaic) to come between; interpose
Derived Forms
interjector, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin interjicere to place between, from jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for interject

1570s, back-formation from interjection or else from Latin interiectus, past participle of intericere "to throw between, insert, interject" (see interjection). Related: Interjected; interjecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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