- to force (a fluid) into a passage, cavity, or tissue: to inject a medicine into the veins.
- to introduce (something new or different): to inject humor into a situation.
- to introduce arbitrarily or inappropriately; intrude.
- to interject (a remark, suggestion, etc.), as into conversation.
Origin of inject
1590–1600; < Latin injectus past participle of in(j)icere to throw in, equivalent to in- in-2 + -jec- (combining form of jac- throw) + -tus past participle suffix
- (in prescriptions) an injection.
Origin of inject.
From the Latin word injectiō
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Examples from the Web for inject
Only she can make hetersoexuality sound like a life-saving elixir that I need to inject directly into my veins.Lana Del Rey Makes Me Wish I Were Straight
July 31, 2014
To raise oil from the depths, rigs often inject water at high-pressure into the wells.Renewables Can Make Fossil Fuel More Efficient
The Daily Beast
May 29, 2014
“Think of it like a cigarette break,” he says of the times he stops to inject.The White Collar Heroin Problem
February 4, 2014
Her aspirations were noble: Inject high art into pop music and create a Koons-esque kaleidoscope of dance tracks.The Biggest Surprises and Disappointments in 2013
December 24, 2013
Case in point: at the end of the episode Brody starts to inject heroin.Damian Lewis Spills On ‘Homeland’s’ Shocking Plot Twist and Brody’s Return
October 14, 2013
But Bothwell had managed to inject a fly into the ointment of my content.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
I will now inject a little of the blood serum of the victims into a white mouse.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
That way you can find a chance to inject the stimulant when they are not looking.Valley of the Croen
If you want to get alcohol into my system you must inject it under my skin.The Blue Germ
I merely wish to inject an idea into your brain, and leave it there to fructify.My Doggie and I
- med to introduce (a fluid) into (the body of a person or animal) by means of a syringe or similar instrument
- (foll by into) to introduce (a new aspect or element)to inject humour into a scene
- to interject (a comment, idea, etc)
- to place (a rocket, satellite, etc) in orbit
C17: from Latin injicere to throw in, from jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for inject
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To introduce a substance, such as a drug or vaccine, into a body part.
- To treat by means of injection.
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