American English

Definition of interrupt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they interrupt
    he / she / it interrupts
    past simple interrupted
    -ing form interrupting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to say or do something that makes someone stop what they are saying or doing Sorry to interrupt, but there's someone to see you. interrupt with something Would you mind not interrupting with questions all the time? interrupt somebody/something (with something) I hope I'm not interrupting you. They were interrupted by a knock at the door. interrupt (somebody) + speech “I have a question,” she interrupted.
  2. 2[transitive] interrupt something to stop something for a short time The game was interrupted several times by rain. We interrupt this program to bring you an important news bulletin.
  3. 3[transitive] interrupt something to stop a line, surface, view, etc. from being even or continuous
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: interrupt