interrupt - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleinterrupting
past tenseinterrupted
past participleinterrupted
  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
  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.