Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “interrupt”

interrupt

verb uk   /ˌɪn.təˈrʌpt/ us    /-t̬ə-/

interrupt verb (STOP SPEAKING)

B1 [I or T] to stop a person from speaking for a short period by something you say or do: She tried to explain what had happened but he kept interrupting her. I wish you'd stop interrupting.Interrupting and preventing from speakingCancelling and interrupting

interrupt verb (STOP HAPPENING)

B2 [T] to stop something from happening for a short period: We had to interrupt our trip when we heard John's mother had had an accident.
(Definition of interrupt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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

roost

When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More