Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “interrupt”

See all translations

interrupt

verb [T]  /ˌɪn·təˈrʌpt/ us  
to stop someone from speaking by saying or doing something, or to cause an activity or event to stop briefly: [I] Please don’t interrupt until I’m finished. [T] The picnic was interrupted by a rain shower.
interruption
noun [C/U]  /ˌɪn·təˈrʌp·ʃən/ us  
[U] I need to get some work done without interruption this afternoon.
(Definition of interrupt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of interrupt?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “interrupt” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More