Meaning of INTERRUPT in English

I. ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere, from inter- + rumpere to break — more at reave

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to stop or hinder by breaking in

interrupt ed the speaker with frequent questions

2. : to break the uniformity or continuity of

a hot spell occasionally interrupt ed by a period of cool weather

intransitive verb

: to break in upon an action ; especially : to break in with questions or remarks while another is speaking

• in·ter·rupt·ible -ˈrəp-tə-bəl adjective

• in·ter·rup·tion -ˈrəp-shən noun

• in·ter·rup·tive -ˈrəp-tiv adverb

II. ˌin-tə-ˈrəpt, ˈin-tə-ˌ noun

Date: 1957

: a feature of a computer that permits the temporary interruption of one activity (as the execution of a program) in order to perform another ; also : the interruption itself

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