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irrupt

[ ih-ruhpt ]
/ ɪˈrʌpt /
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verb (used without object)
to break or burst in suddenly.
to manifest violent activity or emotion, as a group of persons.
(of animals) to increase suddenly in numbers through a lessening of the number of deaths.
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Origin of irrupt

1850–55; <Latin irruptus;see irruption

OTHER WORDS FROM irrupt

un·ir·rupt·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for irrupt

irrupt
/ (ɪˈrʌpt) /

verb (intr)
to enter forcibly or suddenly
(of a plant or animal population) to enter a region suddenly and in very large numbers
(of a population) to increase suddenly and greatly

Derived forms of irrupt

irruption, noun

Word Origin for irrupt

C19: from Latin irrumpere to rush into, invade, from rumpere to break, burst
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