[ verb in-tuh-ruhpt; noun in-tuh-ruhpt ]
/ verb ˌɪn təˈrʌpt; noun ˈɪn təˌrʌpt /
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verb (used with object)
to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).
to break off or cause to cease, as in the middle of something: He interrupted his work to answer the bell.
to stop (a person) in the midst of doing or saying something, especially by an interjected remark: May I interrupt you to comment on your last remark?
verb (used without object)
to cause a break or discontinuance; interfere with action or speech, especially by interjecting a remark: Please don't interrupt.
Computers. a hardware signal that breaks the flow of program execution and transfers control to a predetermined storage location so that another procedure can be followed or a new operation carried out.
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Origin of interrupt
synonym study for interrupt
1, 3. Interrupt, discontinue, suspend imply breaking off something temporarily or permanently. Interrupt may have either meaning: to interrupt a meeting. To discontinue is to stop or leave off, often permanently: to discontinue a building program. To suspend is to break off relations, operations, proceedings, privileges, etc., for a certain period of time, usually with the stipulation that they will be resumed at a stated time: to suspend operations during a strike.
OTHER WORDS FROM interrupt
in·ter·rupt·ed·ly, adverbin·ter·rupt·ed·ness, nounin·ter·rupt·i·ble, adjectivein·ter·rup·tive, adjective
non·in·ter·rupt·i·ble, adjectivenon·in·ter·rup·tive, adjectivere·in·ter·rupt, verbself-in·ter·rupt·ing, adjectiveun·in·ter·rupt·i·ble, adjectiveun·in·ter·rupt·ing, adjectiveun·in·ter·rup·tive, adjective
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How to use interrupt in a sentence
Thus over and over reporters are told how Biden was boorish and interruptive and the administration is misleading on Afghanistan.Behind the Scenes at Debate, a Surreal Trip Inside the Spin Zone|David Freedlander|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The spell was potent enough in its way, but it dissolved when once interruptive laughter became generally audible.A Book of the Play|Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for interrupt
/ (ˌɪntəˈrʌpt) /
to break the continuity of (an action, event, etc) or hinder (a person) by intrusion
(tr) to cease to perform (some action)
(tr) to obstruct (a view)
to prevent or disturb (a conversation, discussion, etc) by questions, interjections, or comment
the signal to initiate the stopping of the running of one computer program in order to run another, after which the running of the original program is usually continued
Derived forms of interruptinterruptible, adjectiveinterruptive, adjectiveinterruptively, adverb
Word Origin for interrupt
C15: from Latin interrumpere, from inter- + rumpere to break
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