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v. in·ter·rupt·ed, in·ter·rupt·ing, in·ter·rupts
1. To break the continuity or uniformity of: Rain interrupted our baseball game.
2. To stop (someone engaged in an activity) by saying or doing something: The baby interrupted me while I was on the phone.
To cause an activity to stop by saying or doing something.
n. Computers
1. A signal to a computer that stops the execution of a running program so that another action can be performed.
2. A circuit that conveys a signal stopping the execution of a running program.

[Middle English interrupten, from Old French interrupte, interrupted, from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere, to break off : inter-, inter- + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

in′ter·rupt′i·ble adj.
in′ter·rup′tion n.
in′ter·rup′tive adj.


1. broken, discontinued, or hindered
2. (Botany) (of plant organs, esp leaves) not evenly spaced along an axis
3. (Classical Music) music Also: deceptive (of a cadence) progressing from the dominant chord to any other, such as the subdominant or submediant
ˌinterˈruptedly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.interrupted - discontinued temporarily; "we resumed the interrupted discussion"
discontinued - stopped permanently or temporarily; "discontinued models"; "a discontinued magazine"; "a discontinued conversation"
2.interrupted - intermittently stopping and starting; "fitful (or interrupted) sleep"; "off-and-on static"
broken - not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs"


adjective disturbed, broken, incomplete, cut off, uneven, disconnected, intermittent, discontinuous He's had an interrupted training season.
References in classic literature ?
The landlord was interrupted by one of the guests, a tall, grey-mustached man who worked for a wholesale grocery house.
Lena was telling me some amusing piece of gossip about one of her clients, when I interrupted her and picked up the flower basket.
Oftener than once her coming had interrupted the droll story with which Robert was entertaining some amused group of married women.
The young man smiled to himself, for he believed he had mistaken some shining berry of the woods for the glistening eyeballs of a prowling savage, and he rode forward, continuing the conversation which had been interrupted by the passing thought.
The tipstaffs beat upon the rail, the lawyer he had interrupted uttered an indignant exclamation, Andrews came hurriedly toward him, and the young judge slowly turned his head.
interrupted his audience, half in incredulity, half in protestation.
But Judge Pyncheon's evident purpose of forcing a passage was interrupted by a voice from the inner room; a weak, tremulous, wailing voice, indicating helpless alarm, with no more energy for self-defence than belongs to a frightened infant.
He was interrupted by Wamba, who had taken his appropriated seat upon a chair, the back of which was decorated with two ass's ears, and which was placed about two steps behind that of his master, who, from time to time, supplied him with victuals from his own trencher; a favour, however, which the Jester shared with the favourite dogs, of whom, as we have already noticed, there were several in attendance.
Suppose we change the subject,' the March Hare interrupted, yawning.
Here Rikki-tikki interrupted, and the rest of the song is lost.
Athos, who had till that time said nothing for fear that D'Artagnan, interrupted in his turn, should not have the time necessary, from this moment declared that his name was Athos, and not D'Artagnan.
my very laugh is musical, I know," interrupted Maria; "but then it is often shockingly out of time.