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verb interrupt pronunciation in British English /ˌɪntəˈrʌpt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinterrupting
past tenseinterrupted
past participleinterrupted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to say or do something to stop someone when they are speaking or concentrating on something
    Please don’t interrupt her while she’s working.
    She tried to explain, but he interrupted her in mid-sentence.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something stop for a period of time
    At the tennis championships, rain interrupted play for an hour this afternoon.
  3. 3
    [transitive] formal if something interrupts something such as a line or a surface, it stops it from being continuous
    The huge open space was interrupted only by two steel columns.


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