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interject

[in-ter-jekt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to insert between other things: to interject a clarification of a previous statement.
  2. 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 formsin·ter·jec·tor, nounun·in·ter·ject·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. insinuate, introduce, interpolate, intercalate.
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Examples from the Web for interject

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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.

    Folkways

    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


British Dictionary definitions for interject

interject

verb (tr)
  1. to interpose abruptly or sharply; interrupt with; throw inshe interjected clever remarks
  2. archaic to come between; interpose
Derived Formsinterjector, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin interjicere to place between, from jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for interject

v.

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

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