interrupt Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “interrupt” in the English Dictionary

"interrupt" in British English

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uk   /ˌɪn.təˈrʌpt/  us   /-t̬ə-/

interrupt verb (STOP SPEAKING)

B1 [I or T] to ​stop a ​person from ​speaking for a ​shortperiod by something you say or do: She ​tried to ​explain what had ​happened but he ​kept interrupting her. I ​wish you'd ​stop interrupting.
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interrupt verb (STOP HAPPENING)

B2 [T] to ​stop something from ​happening for a ​shortperiod: We had to interrupt ​ourtrip when we ​heard John's ​mother had had an ​accident.
(Definition of interrupt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"interrupt" in American English

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interruptverb [T]

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