Meaning of “interrupt” in the English Dictionary

"interrupt" in British English

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interruptverb

uk /ˌɪn.təˈrʌpt/ us /ˌɪn.t̬əˈrʌpt/

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.

More examples

  • Please feel free to interrupt me if you don't understand anything.
  • Please go on with what you're doing and don't let us interrupt you.
  • The senator thoroughly squelched the journalist who tried to interrupt him during his speech.
  • He's very impatient and always interrupts me mid-sentence.
  • She rudely interrupted my speech.

(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 stop briefly:

[ I ] Please don’t interrupt until I’m finished.
[ T ] The picnic was interrupted by a rain shower.
interruption
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)