Meaning of INTERRUPT in English


1. to stop someone when they are speaking

2. to deliberately keep interrupting someone in public


to stop someone when they are doing something : ↑ DISTURB

to stop someone doing something : ↑ STOP

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1. to stop someone when they are speaking

▷ interrupt /ˌɪntəˈrʌpt/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to start speaking when someone else is already speaking :

▪ I wish you wouldn’t interrupt all the time.

▪ I’m sorry I interrupted you.

▪ He apologised for interrupting her speech.

interruption [countable noun]

▪ If there are any further interruptions, the whole class will stay behind.

▷ butt in /ˌbʌt ˈɪn/ [intransitive phrasal verb] spoken

to interrupt someone rudely :

▪ Will you please stop butting in!

▪ Mom, Joe keeps butting in and he won’t let me finish my story.

▷ cut in /ˌkʌt ˈɪn/ [intransitive phrasal verb] written

to interrupt someone before they have finished talking, so that you can say something :

▪ ‘There’s this nice guy . . .' ’I’m not interested," Roz cut in, laughing.

▪ Lila cut in again, answering before he could even open his mouth.

▷ cut somebody off/cut somebody short /ˌkʌt somebody ˈɒf, ˌkʌt somebody ˈʃɔːʳt/ [transitive phrasal verb/verb phrase]

to interrupt someone before they have finished what they were going to say :

▪ Her elder brother cut her off sharply -- ‘I won’t have you speaking to your mother like that!’

▪ I’m sorry to cut you short, Mrs Shaw, but I’m afraid we’ve run out of time.

▷ break in /ˌbreɪk ˈɪn/ [intransitive phrasal verb]

to join a conversation by interrupting someone or by saying something suddenly :

▪ "Sam, what on earth are you talking about?' she broke in at last.

▪ ‘That’s enough,’ the guard broke in impatiently. ‘Hurry up and say goodbye.’

break in on

▪ The tutor finally broke in on Sam’s monologue, much to the relief of the rest of the class.

2. to deliberately keep interrupting someone in public

▷ heckle /ˈhek ə l/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to deliberately interrupt a speaker or performer by shouting, especially to show that you do not agree with what they are saying :

▪ Comedians usually have a few ready comments for members of the audience that come to heckle.

▪ The speaker was heckled by a group of protestors.

heckling [uncountable noun]

▪ The speech was interrupted by endless heckling from a group of young men.

heckler [countable noun]

▪ The hecklers were thrown out of the conference hall.

▷ barrack /ˈbærək/ [transitive verb] British

to interrupt a speaker at a public meeting by shouting or making a noise so that no one can hear them, especially because you disapprove of what they are saying :

▪ The politician was barracked by students at the back of the hall.

barracking [uncountable noun]

▪ The barracking always comes from a small minority who want to disrupt the meeting.

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