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interrupt

in·ter·rupt

interrupt

 
 
pronunciation:
In t ruhpt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: interrupted, interrupting, interrupts
definition 1: to cause to stop; break off.
Loud banging on the door interrupted the conversation.
synonyms:
halt, stop, suspend, terminate
similar words:
abort, break, discontinue, disturb
definition 2: to break the continuity of (someone) acting or speaking, esp. with a request or remark.
Never interrupt the president while he is giving a speech.
similar words:
bother, disturb, interfere with, obstruct
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to break the continuity of what someone is doing or saying.
synonyms:
cut in
similar words:
barge in, butt in, chime in, intrude
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part of speech: noun
definition: a signal that tells a computer to stop running one program in order to run another program with higher priority.
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derivations: interruptible (adj.), interruptive (adj.)
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